Filming for The Hobbit Begins

It’s been long awaited, but filming for The Hobbit is underway. Peter Jackson, who brought you the Lord of the Rings movies is currently pulling all the loose ends together. The film will be shot in two different locations: Wellington and New Zealand on site.

BBC says a variety of reasons led to the stall of the production of The Hobbit. For instance, Peter Jackson had knee surgery in January and there were some issues with different unions wanting to boycott the making of the movie in New Zealand. In addition to these problems, Jackson had originally contracted actor Guillermo Del Toro to star in the movie, but he abruptly backed out.

Fortunately, the cast is already chosen and everyone has their scripts. Filming begins now and is expected to take a couple of years to produce a series of films focused on The Hobbit. The leading man is Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Martin Freeman is known for his roles on the British version of The Office as well as the 2005 film remake of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. Other stars that will make appearances include Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett. Can’t wait!

What do you guys think? Is it worth waiting to see the movie in 2012?

photo credits: New Zealand

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