Middle Earth madness! Cate Blanchett shines as she attends the highly anticipated premiere of The Hobbit and is welcomed by thousands of screaming fans It's been almost ten years since the last Lord of the Rings film premiered, so it's no wonder fans of the Tolkien penned saga showed up in hordes to finally see a new installment. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered under the screams of thousands of fans in Wellington, New Zealand on Wednesday, who all welcomed the star-studded cast and crew back with most of them dressed as characters from the Middle Earth drama.
The Hobbit comes to Wellington: Over 100,000 fans showed up dressed as elves, dwarfs and hobbits to celebrate the new film And star Cate Blanchett had one very special fan with her, as her eight-year-old son Roman joined her on the red carpet and hugged his acting mother tightly. Dressed in an unusual colour block floor-length gown, Cate looked every inch the movie star as she attended the highly anticipated premiere. With a red sheer top over her white and black dress, the 43-year-old actress demanded all the attention from the crowd as she joined her mainly male cast on the red carpet, but stayed as cool as cucumber as the reported 100,000 people welcomed her.
Walking the walk: Cate looked confident and poised as she made her way down the red carpet But her dapper date for the evening - cute son Roman dressed in a grey blazer - may have been a little overwhelmed by all the screaming fans, as the youngster clung to his glamorous mother while she posed for photographers.
Her biggest fan: Stunning Cate was joined by her son Roman, 8, who seemed a little overwhelmed by all the attention his famous mother was getting from the thousands of fans The rest of the A-list cast were all in attendance, with Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and Hugo Weaving leading the pack. Although noticeable absent was Sir Ian McKellen, better know as Gandalf, who couldn't make the trip to New Zealand but thanked fans for their enthusiasm via a video message which was played to the crowd. 31-year-old Elijah reprises the role that shot him to stardom, Frodo Baggins, and told red carpet reporters it felt like coming home. 'This is echoing in the past for me,' said the star.
Co-star love: The blonde actress was thrilled to be reunited with Elijah Wood at the premiere
Overseas star: Chinese actress Yao Chen also proved to be a big LOTR fan and put on her best frock to attend the premiere in New Zealand
Line-up: The cast all posed up together on the stage at the star-studded premiere
A warm welcome: Jackson thanked the large crowd that came out to support the film
A walk to remember: The stars and crew walked down a 500 metre long carpet that took them about two hours as they chatted to fans and journalists along the way source: dailymail
They're Galadriel you came! Cate Blanchett leads the glamour in a stunning gown as THOUSANDS of fans line the streets for The Hobbit world premiere in New Zealand
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