Trailer: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' - Dec 17
Directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Billy Connolly, Christopher Lee andAidan Turner.
This week in EW: We take a deep dive into into The Hobbit, exploring the film’s long, difficult road to the big screen and the critical, sometimes controversial creative decisions director Peter Jackson has made along the way. Precioussssss.
As you might have heard yesterday, next week is The Hobbit Week on The Colbert Report, as Stephen welcomes Sir Ian McKellan on Monday, Martin Freeman on Tuesday, Andy Serkis on Wednesday and Peter Jackson on Thursday. You might know them better by their respective Hobbit characters, Yoda, Voldemort, Sulu and Morpheus.
In the meantime, let’s prepare for the weeklong Tolkien-fest with some classic Middle Earthian moments from The Report. First up, click the gif to watch Stephen put the literary smackdown on fellow LOTR-head James Franco.
Sorry, Cumberbitches — the start of production on the third cycle of this detective drama has been moved from January to March. Sources say the shift was necessary to accommodate the busy schedules of the show’s breakout stars, Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s filming Star Trek 2) and Martin Freeman (starring in The Hobbit).