The Hobbit is an upcoming two-part film based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The film is in development for releases in December 2011 (Part 1) and December 2012 (Part 2) and will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, with The Lord of the Rings film trilogy director Peter Jackson serving as executive producer and co-writer. Originally, both parts would have served as separate films. The first would have adapted The Hobbit and the second would have bridged the gap between this and The Lord of the Rings. Now it is the director’s intention to split and expand the narrative of The Hobbit over two parts of a singular film.
So far the following cast members have been confirmed:
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
The Golden Globe-nominated actor, who will reprise his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the fourth installment of the monster hit superhero franchise, is said to be in the running for the role of Bilbo Baggins, the heroic title character in Tolkien’s fantasy novel.