Though we're still not sure if we're getting just two movies or three, the drumbeat for the December release of the first Hobbit film 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is steadily increasing, and there's new photos of Gollum that have hit.

The Empire Magazine exclusives show Gollum as he will be in the movie, and as Andy Serkis played him in the film with his motion capture suit on.

We're quite curious now about what's going to happen with that film, as they must be nearing completion with the first film. It's hard to say if we'll see the version they planned on releasing  this Holiday season or if we'll see a modified version.

Here's the synopsis:

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, goldring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The film is scheduled to be released on December 14.