Peter Jackson finally begins filming ‘The Hobbit’

Jackson's troubled Tolkien saga is underway

Filming on The Hobbit has finally started after a series of delays.

After a lengthy and turbulent period of pre-production, work on the two-part JRR Tolkien adaptation has kicked off in New Zealand.

MGM and New Line, who are producing the two Lord Of The Rings prequels, made the announcement yesterday (March 20), reports Variety.

The Hobbit has been the subject of numerous delays. After the financial troubles that plagued MGM the project also lost its original director Guillermo Del Toro, paving the way for Peter Jackson to return to the franchise.

Production was then pushed further back when Jackson was hospitalised with a perforated ulcer.

The Hobbit will star The Office actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. More British actors are getting their big break in the form of Being Human‘s Aidan Turner and former Eastenders actor Rob Kazinsky.

Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett are reprising their roles from The Lord Of The Rings.