Publicity photo shows actor Serkis as the character Gollum in a scene from the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” [Comienza el viaje para “El Hobbit” de Peter Jackson (Fotos)]

Publicity photo shows actor Serkis as the character Gollum in a scene from the film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Actor Andy Serkis, as the character Gollum, is pictured in a scene from the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, in this publicity photo released to Reuters on December 7, 2012. The first of the Hobbit movie trilogy is about to hit theatres and director Peter Jackson says he’s tried to hold true to its roots as a children’s fantasy story, with scary bits. It follows the journey of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, reluctantly pushed into travelling with 13 dwarves to steal treasure from a dragon and regain their homeland. During his travels, he comes by the ring that he later passes onto kinsman Frodo Baggins, which was at the core of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. REUTERS/Warner Bros/Handout (UNTED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS