Get ready, Hobbit fans

LORD of the Rings fans will get their first look at Peter Jackson's two upcoming Hobbit prequels before the end of the year.

Andy Serkis, who is reprising his role as Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, says a trailer for the highly anticipated movies will come out almost a year ahead of the first film's release date.

"There will be a trailer fairly soon, actually. Around Christmas time, I believe," Serkis said in a new interview with IGN.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due out on December 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again arriving a year later, on December 13, 2013.

Serkis, who is also helping direct the films, also discussed the film's recent relocation to the South Island.

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"It's quite fascinating," he said. "I'm having a ball. It's a huge operation, really. We're on the road at the moment, at various different locations on South Island in New Zealand.

"There are some truly remarkable landscapes that we're filming in. It's just stunning."

And he said Jackson's decision to shoot The Hobbit films in 5K at 48 frames per second was "unlike anything I have ever seen before".

"The brain has become so attuned to watching films at 24 frames a second. This is something completely different. It's incredible. You feel inside it and surrounded by it. It's really great.

"People will not be disappointed."