Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover to their Comic-Con preview issue, set to hit stands tomorrow, July 3rd. As you can see below, this one offers a new image of Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Set for release in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on December 14th, the film comprises the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tale which follows the journey of Bilbo, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although 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.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he 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.
“An Unexpected Journey” will be followed up by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013.