For fans excited about the release of The Hobbit, the films have been a long time coming. The first of the three films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is to be released Dec. 14. But some people won’t want to wait until then to make sure they get into the movie.
“We’re expecting a big result as we start the journey for all three films,” a Warner Bros. executive said, according to NBC.
But in case that’s not enough, the studio will also be holding “marathon screenings” of another Tolkien trilogy, Lord of the Rings, in December.
“You can park yourself at a theater on Saturday, Dec. 8, or Sunday, Dec. 9, for those three-movie days,” said NBC. “These are the extended-cut versions of all three films, so you may want to pass on the extra-large Icee.”
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings have overlapping story lines, and many Lord of the Rings fans are expected to flock to all three hobbit films.
“Several of the characters return, but new ones also are introduced as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) who joins the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen returning as the character) and 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug,” said Deadline.com.
Peter Jackson was behind all three Lord of the Rings films and is also making The Hobbit trilogy. Much of the filming of all six films took place in New Zealand.
The second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is expected to come out Dec. 13, 2013, and the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will come out July 18, 2014.
Check out the film’s official trailer