Those eagerly anticipating the first installment of the Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, will be able to get their hands on tickets as early as November 7th. That’s about five weeks before the movie comes out on December 14th, but those who can’t wait to return to Middle-Earth will get to head back a few days early when the Lord of the Rings trilogy is show in theaters on December 8th and 9th.
The Lord of the Rings films will be shown back to back, much like the Marvel films before the release of The Avengers and Nolan’s Batman films before The Dark Knight Rises. The trilogy will be an all day event; the series has a combined runtime of about nine hours and twenty minutes, that’s assuming that the original theatrical versions and not the extended editions will be shown.
Expect a lot of connections between The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit trilogy, both based on classic novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Returning cast members include; Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood. A majority of the film takes place about sixty years before The Lord of the Rings, with Martin Freeman playing the lead, a young version of Ian Holm’s character Bilbo Baggins.