The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to get royal premiere
Story by Jack Foley
THE Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been chosen for this year’s 65th Royal Film Performance.
The first part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy will receive its Royal UK premiere in London on December 12 – two days ahead of its official opening date.
Based on JRR Tolkien’s novel of the same name, The Hobbit takes place 60 years before the events of The Lord Of The Rings, which Jackson also made into a trilogy of films.
Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman heads the cast as Bilbo Baggins, while Sir Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The cast also includes Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
The first part of the trilogy follows Baggins as he attempts to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from Smaug, the dragon.
Commenting on the film’s selection as royal premiere, Anne Bennett, president of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, said: “We are thrilled to be able to host the UK premiere of this highly anticipated first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy.”
She added that the fund was “thankful” to Jackson and the companies behind the film for “providing this opportunity” and for the “unswerving support the Royal Family gives to our charity”.
The Royal Film Performance is the main fundraiser for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the trade charity for the UK film and television industries.
It provides care and financial help for industry employees and their families who suffer from hardship due to bereavement, illness, redundancy or other misfortunes.
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