First 'The Hobbit' movie to be shorter than 'Lord Of The Rings' films

Director Peter Jackson reveals the running time for 'An Unexpected Journey'

Peter Jackson has revealed the running time of his first The Hobbit movie.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will run over 160 minutes when it opens in cinemas - but it still clocks in shorter than Fellowship Of The Ring, the least lengthy of Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

The director told Empire: "It's looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was. So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth [movie] yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about two hours 40 minutes at the moment.”

At the time Jackson was speaking to Empire, the end credits still needed adding and several effects shots had yet to be finalised. As a result, this running time is provisional, but it is unlikely to change significantly before the film is released.

An Unexpected Journey, the first in Jackson's trilogy of The Hobbit films, gets its worldwide premiere in Wellington, New Zealand on November 28. It then opens in cinemas across the UK on December 13.

Last week (October 17), the first picture of Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins was released, alongside new photos of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf. The trilogy's cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Bret McKenzie. You can watch the trailer below.

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