This trailer, which some fans have taken to calling "Hobbit trailer 1.1," is almost indistinguishable from the teaser trailer revealed at the end of last year. It does, however, contain a small handful of different shots that fans will no doubt pick up straightaway. Bilbo, Gandalf, and their dwarf companions running through a forest in daylight just before the two-minute mark, for example.
It's actually been floating around for a while now, as this version of the trailer actually debuted in theaters before showings of Brave. The trailer has only now arrived online though, and it's here thanks to the good folks at The One Ring.
Director Peter Jackson was already going big with this adaptation of Tolkein's preamble to The Lord of the Rings, what with the 3D, shooting at 48 frames per-second, and dividing the relatively slight adventure into two separate movies. A week ago, Jackson announced that the addition of a third film, which seemed like a sort of wild idea when he first mentioned it at San Diego Comic-Con, is actually official now, as he and Warner Bros. have worked out a deal.
Nobody seems particularly enthused for a third The Hobbit movie. Maybe it's because we know virtually nothing of just what it will be. Is it a bridge movie between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings? Is it one-third of Bilbo's story, extended out across one more film? What will it do to the shape of the overall story? Is it too much?
Regardless, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stars Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen as Bilbo and Gandalf, along with supporting plays such as Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, and Andy Serkis.
The first film arrives this December 14, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013, and the final film in the summer of 2014.