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Jackson, cast discuss ‘The Hobbit’

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Cast members, from left, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, director Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen attend the premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 in New York. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Many fans are eagerly anticipating a return to the fictional world of Middle-earth with next week’s general release of the first movie in “The Hobbit” trilogy. Director Peter Jackson and the film’s stars speak to The Associated Press about making “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”:

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In elf ears and wizard hats, ‘Hobbit’ fans rejoice

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An undated handout photo obtained from Warner Bros on November 23, 2012 shows a scene from Peter Jackson's new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which has its world premiere in Wellington on November 28, 2012.  AFP  / WARNER BROS

Wearing elf ears and wizard hats, sitting atop their dad’s shoulders or peering from balconies, tens of thousands of New Zealanders watched their favorite “Hobbit” actors walk the red carpet at the film trilogy’s hometown premiere.

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Hobbits, superheroes put magic in NZ film industry

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In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, a giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from "The Hobbit," is displayed in the Wellington Airport to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the first movie in the trilogy, in Wellington, New Zealand. AP FILE PHOTO

A crate full of sushi arrives. Workers wearing wetsuit shirts or in bare feet bustle past with slim laptops. With days to go, a buzzing intensity fills the once-dilapidated warehouses where Peter Jackson’s visual-effects studio is rushing to finish the opening film in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

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