|Source: Ross Setford, Associated Press/New Zealand Press Association|
One hobbit and thirteen dwarves spoke and posed for cameras Friday, at a press conference held at Park Road Post production facility in Wellington, NZ. The happy crew seemed up-beat and excited for filming to begin on March 21st. Martin Freeman, playing the character of Bilbo Baggins, dismissed and joked about the recent “curse of The Hobbit” rumors that have been circulating saying, “’There are some bits of bad luck associated with it, but we’re all very optimistic. We’re ready to go – just as soon as 2015 comes around.” He also talked a little about his roll as Bilbo, “’Obviously I have been looking up what he was doing … I genuinely, without being … either big headed or falsely modest … think I am quite a good match for him.”
The Hobbit, Part 1 premieres in theaters in December 2012.