Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the first teaser for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". A courtesy of Apple, the fresh sneak peek gives a look at Peter Jackson's take on J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative world that is filled with hobbits, wizards, elves and dwarves. It also sees Frodo's uncle Bilbo Baggins being introduced to Thorin Oakensheild and the twelve dwarves before they begin their adventure. The video ends with a glimpse at Gollum who shows up in front of Bilbo.
Bilbo is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dward Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves led by Thorin. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapesshifters and Sorcerers.
Though their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever; Gollum. Alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, Bilbo not only discovers depth of guile and courage that surprise even him, but also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities. A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
"The Hobbit" is set to open in the U.S. theaters on December 14, 2012, while its follow-up "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be released nationwide on December 13, 2013. In addition to the teaser, Warners unleashed a brand new poster for the epic movie. It features Bilbo stepping out of a round door onto an open field where there are hills, flowers and a lake.
Martin Freeman plays Bilbo, while Richard Armitage stars as warrior Thorin. They are joined by Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans among others.