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'The Hobbit' finishes shooting

The fantasy flick will be released in December

Principal photography on the eagerly awaited film version of fantasy novel The Hobbit, has come to an end.

Director Peter Jackson announced the news on his Facebook page earlier today. He wrote:
We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!

It was recently revealed that The Hobbit will receive its world premiere in New Zealand this November. The first of two movies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will premiere on December 14, but the world will get its first chance to see the movie at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington on November 28, two weeks before it hits theatres.

Jackson said in a statement: "I know I speak for a company of hobbits, dwarves, elves and orcs when I say that this city holds a special place in all of our hearts. We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began".

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and features an ensemble cast including Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Bret McKenzie and Cate Blanchett. Watch the trailer above.

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