Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson will be releasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this winter, once again exploring the popular, highly imaginative worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s imagination on the big screen.

Starring the beautiful Evangeline Lily, Andy Serkis, The Office‘s Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen reprising his role as Gandalf, An Unexpected Journey chronicles Baggins’ daring quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Grand in scale, the upcoming film appears to be another searing epic in the same vein as the record-breaking and award-winning LOTR trilogy, complete with large-scale battles, sweeping scenes of beautiful, eye-catching scenery and unbelievable costumes and cosmetics from skilled designers and gifted makeup artists.

With An Unexpected Journey only a couple months away, the kind folks behind the film have released a clutch of stunning pictures fresh off the set, providing a revealing glimpse into all the drama and romance and ramping up the anticipation for the eagerly awaited epic.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released 14 December.