The first official stills of the upcoming Hobbit movie have been released to Entertainment Weekly magazine.
In the first of three, Martin Freeman can be seen as Bilbo reading a letter in his Hobbiton home (see right).
In the second, Ian McKellen poses as Gandalf smoking a pipe:
The third features Peter Jackson talking to Freeman in what appears to be the Hobbiton set:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of Jackson’s two-part adaptation and is scheduled for release in cinemas December 2012.
To see the stills in higher resolution, visit the Entertainment Weekly website.