Warner Brothers Pictures releases this adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, hoping to recreate the success of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In this prequel, we see the adventure of Bilbo Baggins, who joins Gandalf and a band of dwarfs on a quest that leads to a confrontation with Smaug the dragon. Along the way, Bilbo makes the acquaintance of Gollum and happens to find a certain ring, the importance of which will become clear later.
Peter Jackson directed from a screenplay written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, and Jackson himself. Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy.
U.S. Release Date: December 14, 2012
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