They are filming The Hobbit! I mean, we've all known for some time that they were filming the Hobbit, but now there is objective proof and it's looking awesome! This was one of the first 'proper' books I loved as a kid, I read it around age 12, and I really want to see how they bring it to the screen, especially after the great job they did with Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit always felt more like a fairy tale to me, in comparison to the epic pseudo-historical fiction of LotR, so I'll be interested to see if they manage to do that, making the film that should have come first, come second (and in two parts), and how they dovetail the two together.
Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo, which is very encouraging. I wasn't very aware of him until the miniseries of Sherlock aired on the BBC last year, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. I really enjoyed it and was a bit miffed to hear we'd have delays before the second season, but when it turned out that this was because both of them were working on The Hobbit it more than made up for it! Freeman, as I said, is playing the aforementioned hobbit, and Cumberbatch is going to be the voice of Smaug the Dragon!!!
Edit: THERE'S A TRAILER!! THEY RELEASED A TRAILER!! OH OH OH!!!
I have so many things to say!:
1) Young dwarves! (and Northern dwarves) So far the only dwarf we've seen is Gimli, but now we get all thirteen dwarves! They're all so different looking too, which is good. Easier to tell them apart in the dark :)
2) Young Bilbo! (and doesn't Freemen just look the part) I'm loving watching him try and ride that pony. Hahaha...
3) 13 dwarves attack 3 trolls, now there's a fight I'd like to see, bearing in mind that we do see the trolls again in LotR, or what's left of them (I may call that a Dovetail Alert, where they have to make the two fit)
4) Cameos! In this trailer alone there's Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, and did I miss anyone? I'll have to check. On a really big screen. Multiple times.