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Peter Jackson wraps up The Hobbit movies

Published: 12:30PM Saturday July 07, 2012 Source: AAP

The cast of the highly-anticipated The Hobbit movies is celebrating after finally wrapping director Sir Peter Jackson's epic 266-day shoot.

Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Sir Ian McKellen are among the stars who have jetted out to New Zealand for filming, which began in March 2011.

And on Friday Jackson took to his Facebook page to share his delight after completing the two blockbusters, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

"We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit," he writes.

"Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and (fan convention) Comic-Con! Cheers, Peter J."

Freeman, McKellen and Jackson are all scheduled to appear at a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, California later this month.

The first Hobbit movie, based on JRR Tolkien's classic novel, is due for release in December, while the second installment will hit theatres in December 2013.