The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the upcoming third installment of The Hobbit. It will follow The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and will be produced by Peter Jackson, who also created the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The movie will follow the continuing adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins and the company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield on a quest to liberate the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor. In a secondary plotline, it may also follow Gandalf the Grey and the other Istari on a quest to battle the Necromancer, a reincarnation of the dark lord Sauron.
The scheduled release date is July 29, 2014, and filming will take place primarily in New Zealand. The film will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
When Bilbo Baggins finds thirteen dwarves at his doorstep led by Gandalf the wizard, he will never expect the adventure he will be swept off into - to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor from an ancient dragon known as Smaug the Magnificent. The leader of their company, Thorin Oakenshield, is the heir to the kingdom and the massive stash of gold that Smaug guards.
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.
- Stephen Colbert as Unknown (rumoured)
Development on the second film currently hasn't begun, but filming on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will wrap up around March 2012, and filming on the second film probably won't begin until the first has been released in theaters.
May be broken into 2 movies according to Peter Jackson..
- The film will be the last film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and related works, as the Tolkien Estate has forbidden any more films from being made (at least for now).
- The title comes from Bilbo's fictional volume in the Red Book of Westmarch: There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale.
- If rumors are true that the Necromancer will appear, then this is the only time that Sauron will appear in physical form in the films (excluding flashbacks).
- The film will include multiple characters not appearing in the book, including Radagast the Brown, Legolas and Sauron.