Today’s (Reworked) Movie Trailer: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Just as news breaks that Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' won't be released until 2013, Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' gets a plumped-up trailer

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With the heavy-loaded December 2012 movie slate already creating excitement, one movie slid out of the slot into summer 2013 and another has released a slightly updated trailer.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—the first of three of Hobbit–based installments planned—released a makeover to its original trailer to match a new marketing campaign surrounding the film’s growing franchise. The trailer precedes a Dec. 14 debut.

(WATCH: The original The Hobbit trailer)

We see smatterings of new footage sprinkled into the original release, with the trailer’s narrative arc still focusing on Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and a cast of characters as Baggins searches for lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. There’s also some great scenes of the beauty of Middle-Earth.

New footage has Baggins at Bag End, a hobbit tucked behind a tree and some running through the woods.

The J.R.R. Tolkien novel was originally slated to span two films, but an announcement came last week that Warner Bros. planned to expand the franchise into a trilogy, allowing Jackson to explore the book’s original text and story lines.

While The Hobbit may grow, expand and lead the marketing push of the December slate, which also includes Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Warner Bros. announced that Baz Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby will move from a Christmas Day release into summer 2013. Don’t worry, it won’t compete with the next The Hobbit installment, which isn’t due until late 2013.

WATCH: Movie Trailer: The Great Gatsby

Sadie Heldberg
Sadie Heldberg

 I am so excited to see Ian McKellan bring Gandalf to life

again. I was on an airplane last week on a business trip for Dish discussing

the story of the hobbit from my childhood; the man sitting next to me in first

class had an infatuation as well. There are so many adaptations from beautiful stories

there that can be enjoyed; I use Dish Online so I can stream to my faithful laptop.

Whenever I see a new film that moves me, as I’m sure “The Hobbit” will do; it’s

not long before I am craving more of the delicious story. I know I can get my

hands on the movies I need wherever I’m traveling over my laptop and that truly

makes me happy.