Martin Freeman: 'Nothing will be bigger than The Hobbit'

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

October 24th, 2012

Martin Freeman doesn't think he will ever do a film bigger than 'The Hobbit'.

The British actor is portraying the lead character Bilbo Baggins in the eagerly-anticipated film series - directed by Sir Peter Jackson - and thinks it will change his career forever.

He said: ''There's still a part of me that doesn't quite believe it's going to come out. Not many things you do in your life take on mythical proportions.

''Because of Tolkein, and because of Peter, it's the most anticipated film I'm sure I will ever do.''

Peter has also revealed the length of the first instalment of the trilogy, which will be the shortest of the 'Lord of The Rings'-inspired films so far.

He told Empire magazine: ''It's looking like it's going to be about 10 minutes shorter than 'Fellowship' was. So it's going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, 'Fellowship' was just under three hours and this is about two hours 40 minutes at the moment.''

The first instalment will come to cinemas in December 2012.