Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first official images of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in director Peter Jackson's two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
As Ian McKellen teased, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will play the dragon Smaug while lending his voice to the Necromancer of Dol Guldur in Peter Jackson's two movie adaptation of The Hobbit. Luke Evans, meanwhile, has landed the pivotal role of Bard the Bowman.
After countless setbacks -- studio financial problems, labor disputes, the loss of one director and the hospitalization of another -- production finally has begun in New Zealand on Peter Jackson's two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy novel.