Set in Middle-earth, the story is about the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), hired by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and is scheduled for general release on 14 December 2012.
Based on the book of the same name, The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, a curious young Hobbit, as he journeys eastwards with the wizard Gandalf and a troupe of thirteen dwarves. Their goal is to reach the Lonely Mountain and reclaim a stolen treasure guarded by Smaug, a cruel and terrible dragon.
The journey leads them from Bilbo's home in the Shire through Rivendell, an Elven colony, and then into the Misty Mountains. There "they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum." Seemingly by coincidence, Bilbo acquires a golden ring that was previously owned by Gollum. This ring, although unobtrusive, is a "ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities" by rendering its wearer invisible.
As they continue eastward, the travellers eventually reach Mirkwood, the realm of the Silvan Elves.
- Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
- Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
- James Nesbitt as Bofur
- Ken Stott as Balin
- Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
- Ian Holm as an old Bilbo Baggins
- Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
- Hugo Weaving as Elrond
- Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
- Andy Serkis as Gollum
The rest of the Company of Dwarves: Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Aidan Turner as Kíli, Dean O'Gorman as Fíli, Mark Hadlow as Dori, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, John Callen as Óin, Peter Hambleton as Glóin, William Kircher as Bifur, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Jeffrey Thomas as Thrór, and Mike Mizrahi as Thráin.