I sure hope the third and final instalment of director Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy is the one that makes the slog of the first two worth it. No matter what, this is going to make mountains of money. But the less-than-stellar reception to these prequel films might impact people’s expectations of “The Battle Of The Five Armies”. It needn’t be wall-to-wall action, but as long as they try to keep the bloat at bay this might easily turn out to be the best of the three.

In the meantime, here’s a series of posters featuring the main players, from Bilbo Baggins to Tauriel the elf. They look suitably stressed out. You would be too, if you were dropped in the middle of a 5-way shitstorm.

Hobbit3 Bilbo

Hobbit3 Gandalf

Hobbit3 Galadriel

Hobbit3 Thorin

Hobbit3 Tauriel

Hobbit3 Legolas

Hobbit3 Bard

Here’s the full breakdown: “From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.”

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. It premieres 14th December.


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