After a series of hellish development setbacks, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has officially wrapped. The director left this note on their 266th day of shooting: "Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!" For a while it seemed like we'd never head back to middle-earth, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again have finally reached the editing and post-production phase, readying the J.R.R. Tolkien-adapted story for a December 14 release — one of them anyway.
Several actors are reprising their roles for the saga, including Elijah Wood as Frodo, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively. Martin Freeman from BBC’s Sherlock will star as the reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, who is swept up in a quest to reclaim a lost treasure from the dreaded dragon Smaug.
With An Unexpected Journey's theatrical date right around the corner, the Comic-Con madness quotient should be through the roof next week in San Diego. We also hope to see more production blogs from the director and his talented cast. In the meantime, watch the trailer for The Hobbit below to satisfy all your epic fantasy cravings.