We have the semi-official run-time for Peter Jackson's next Tolkien movie with The Hobbit coming in at 2 hrs and 40 minutes.
"It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was," Jackson told Empire Magazine. "So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment."
Empire adds that the credits still need to be added to the movie as well as all the special effects still need to be finalized so the movie may end up being closer to the three hour mark than Jackson noted.
The latest issue of Empire Magazine featuring five 3D Hobbit covers goes on sale tomorrow.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012 with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a year later on December 13th, 2013, followed by The Hobbit: There And Back Again on July 18th, 2014.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey with Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins.
Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.