Date set for third Hobbit film release


The third film in the upcoming Hobbit trilogy will be released worldwide in July 2014, it was confirmed yesterday.

The second film also now has a new name.

The third film - The Hobbit: There and Back Again - will open in cinemas on July 18th, 2014 - just seven months after the newly titled second film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives on December 13th, 2013.

The second film originally carried the title There and Back Again.

The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starring British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, has already been set for a December 14th, 2012 opening.

Director Peter Jackson, Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, and MGM announced in July that the 3D-film adaptation of the classic novel by JRR Tolkien would be split into three films rather than the two originally envisaged.

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