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'The Hobbit' completes principal photography in New Zealand

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The bulk of filming on The Hobbit movies is complete, Peter Jackson has confirmed.

The director and producer revealed on his Facebook page that principal photography on the movies has finished after 266 days.

Peter Jackon on the set of 'The Hobbit' in New Zealend


"We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit," Jackson wrote on Friday morning (July 6).

"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!"

JRR Tolkien's original book has been split into two movies. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again to follow in December 2013.

Cast members Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis will join Jackson and co-producer Philippa Boyens at Comic-Con International in San Diego next week.

Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey below:


Gallery - 'The Hobbit':

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