THE HOBBIT Back on Track

The standoff between director Peter Jackson and the New Zealand actors guilds over the filming of The Hobbit has finally reached a resolution. As reported in the NYT and elsewhere, the New Zealand government has agreed to change their labor laws to accommodate the filming of the two movies, expected to begin in February. The films are scheduled for release in Dec. 2012 and 2013.

Meanwhile, casting has been moving forward. Martin Freeman (from the UK TV series, The Office) is set to play Bilbo Baggins.

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