Taking place 60 years before the events in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey throws Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a baker's (dirty) dozen called The Company of Dwarves together on the Middle-earth equivalent of a heist job-come-treasure hunt.

Dwalin, Balin, Fili, Kili, Dori, Nori, Ori Gloin, Oin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and leader Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have enlisted the services of hobbit and wizard as they try to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Thorin doesn't reckon Bilbo can transform himself from home bird to burglar; his men seem too unruly and reckless a bunch to complete the mission; Gandalf is troubled by some strange occurrences and all the while, waiting further up the trail, is Bilbo's destiny with a band of gold...

You can watch Harry Guerin's interviews with director Peter Jackson and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt and Aidan Turner by clicking the links on your left.