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Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” films have a March start date

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” has a start date … which must be music to the ears of Jackson and every other “LOTR” fan patiently waiting some good news out of “Hobbit camp after all of these setbacks and delays.

3Foot7 Ltd, production company of Jackson’s two “Hobbit” films announced this morning (courtesy of ComingSoon) that the first day of principal photography will be March 21.

“Despite some delays, we are fully back on track and very excited to get started,” Jackson said in the statement.

3Foot7 Ltd officials chimed in with, “This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons.”

Martin Freeman will be playing Bilbo Baggins in the film. He’ll be joined by Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood, to name a few.

Part one of “The Hobbit” is due in theaters December 2012.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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