Nerd Alert: The first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released.
The highly anticipated film, directed by Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson and based on the the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, stars Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who sets out on an epic adventure with a legendary wizard and a scrappy, singing crew of dwarves.
The film also stars familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, and Stephen Fry.
Check out the trailer after the jump...
To be expected are the novel's classic characters -- Bilbo Baggins, a wizard named Gandalf, and their gang of dwarves, who trek through Middle-earth in search of adventure (a run-in or two with Andy Serkis's Gollum is also hinted at the end of the trailer) .
The film is set to the familiar orchestral themes by Howard Shore and begins in a very familiar
Shire, which doesn't seem to have changed since The Return of the King.
Now we just have to wait until December 14, 2012 to see it in full.