'The Hobbit': new picture of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins released

Published Jan 15 2012, 21:27 GMT  |  By

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released a new preview picture.

Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel debuted an image of Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins wielding a sword via The Los Angeles Times.

The Hobbit


The Sherlock star will appear in the two-movie project alongside returning cast members Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis.

Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans join Freeman as newcomers to the franchise.

The Hobbit sees Bilbo team up with Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves on a quest to reclaim a horde of treasure from the evil dragon Smaug.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in cinemas in December 2012.

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Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey below: