I'm starting to get excited about the Hobbit films. Unfortunately the first film is due out only in December 2012.
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/the-hobbit/ is a good source of current news.
Richard Armitage plays the role of Thorin Oakenshield. Doesn't he look amazing?
Fans of Aidan Turner will be pleased to see him playing Kili, one of the younger dwarves.
And Benedict Cumberbatch will be the voice of Smaug the dragon.