"The Hobbit" sequel to have multiple plots

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

April 2nd, 2013

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' will have ''multiple storylines''.

The hotly anticipated follow-up to last year's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' won't follow a single narrative, rather exploring different plots for the film's various characters in a similar vein to 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers', according to director Peter Jackson.

In a live chat, the filmmaker said: ''It is complicated to do a middle film [in a trilogy], but the advantage is that we have multiple storylines. The first of the 'Hobbit' movies is a fairly linear film; Gandalf leads the dwarves across Middle Earth at the beginning of this adventure.

''The great thing about this second movie, as it was with ['Lord of the Rings'] 'The Two Towers' actually, is that the story starts splitting into multiple storylines and we follow different characters as the story intensifies and the stakes go up.''

The fantasy adventure - which stars Martin Freeman as hero Bilbo Baggins - is the second in the 'Hobbit' trilogy, and Jackson revealed he will begin editing on the third installment, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again', next week.

He wrote on his Facebook page: ''Jabez and I sit in that editing room all day, every day, editing the second Hobbit movie, and we actually start on the third next week! A lot of that movie was shot nearly a year ago, so I'm looking forward to seeing it come alive, shot by shot in the cutting room. It's like assembling one of those complex 2000 piece jigsaw puzzles.''