Director Peter Jackson has premiered the very first images from his upcoming film 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellan reprising his role as Gandalf, the production is filming now. In addition to each photo, Jackson offered a little insight to each image:
"[Martin Freeman] fits the ears, and he's got some very nice feet... I think he's got the biggest hobbit feet we've had so far. They're a little bit hard to walk in, but he's managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.''
"[Ian McKellan]'s in fantastic form... In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters... I remember saying to him [laughs], ''Look, this isn't Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing.''
"'There's no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these... I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we'd be shooting for 254 days. We're only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we're only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.''
The first part of the two-part prequel, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' opens up in theaters December 14th, 2012 and will be concluded on December 13th, 2013 with 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'.