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New Look At Ian McKellen As Gandalf & Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In ‘The Hobbit’

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 29, 2011 12:59 PM
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Yes, we're still eighteen months away from "The Hobbit" hitting theaters but the fever for the films directed by Peter Jackson is already running very high. Last week, fans got a very early treat when the first official stills from the film hit the web and it looks like the filmmakers aren't being shy about showing off a little bit more.

Empire now has two looks at the movie, and they are more or less variations on what we saw last week, but should still please the faithful. The first is a closer look at Ian McKellen as Gandalf, while the second is pretty much the exact same shot of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, just with a slightly different pose. We really hope this isn't the sign of a trend to come with different outlets receiving slightly different versions of the same picture, but we'll take what we can get for now.

Rounding up new faces, and old friends, Jackson and company continue to shoot in New Zealand. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” arrives in theaters on December 14, 2012.

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  • joe | July 25, 2011 11:26 AMReply

    Not really interested but then i said that about LOTR and that was hella fun.

  • rodie | June 29, 2011 3:05 AMReply

    Wow, Jackson is like the anti-Nolan. He's treating us to all these stills and videos 18 months before the movie arrives...Love it!

  • rotch | June 29, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    I was about to write this snarky comment on how this mild variations of pictures shouldn't be considered as news and how the Playlist come off as click-whores for posting them.

    But then I read that you smartly commented on that fact, getting away with it. Well played Kevin, well played.

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