Following the release last week of the first official images from The Hobbit, Empire has premiered two more stills from the Peter Jackson-directed movie appearing in the new issue of the magazine. The shot of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins is very similar to what we saw in Entertainment Weekly, but Ian McKellen's Gandalf the Grey has moved from under a tree to inside Bag End.
The two stars lead an ensemble cast that includes Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on Dec. 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec. 13, 2013. The new issue of Empire is in stores on Thursday.