We’ve been getting a few video blogs from the set of The Hobbit over recent months, but we have yet to see a trailer. There’s still a whole year before An Unexpected Journey hits in December 2012, but Gollum and Second Unit Director Andy Serkis told IGN that the first trailer is “just around the corner”.
“There will be a trailer fairly soon, actually. Around Christmas time, I believe.”
Warner Bros. has Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opening on December 16th so the studio could attach The Hobbit teaser trailer to that. They could also attach it to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, which is produced by Peter Jackson, stars Serkis himself, and opens a few days later on the 21st in the US.
Serkis said he was “having a ball” as Second Unit Director, and said they’re shooting “on the road at the moment, at various different locations on South Island in New Zealand. There are some truly remarkable landscapes that we’re filming in. It’s just stunning.”
The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.