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The Hobbit gets official titles

Published 31/05/2011 | 11:18

Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit films
Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit films

Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies have been given official names.

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The first of the two films - which are currently being filmed back to back in New Zealand - will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey while the sequel will be known as The Hobbit: There And Back Again, said The Hollywood Reporter.

An Unexpected Journey - co-written by Peter with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro - is scheduled for release in December 2012, with the second part to follow in December 2013.

Martin Freeman plays the titular character Bilbo Baggins as he embarks on an epic quest in the upcoming prequel to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, based on JRR Tolkien's best-selling novel.

Rings veterans Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis will return to reprise their roles.

Orlando Bloom is the most recent actor to be reunited with the cast, returning as Legolas the elf.

"Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more," the director said on his Facebook page.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older - and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf."

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