This is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect a trailer so far out from the film’s year-end release. Then again, “The Desolation Of Smaug” has been filming back-to-back with the rest of the trilogy, as planned by director Peter Jackson and co. Speaking of Smaug, we finally get to see that big ol’ dragon, and I like the way Jackson introduces him. Still no sign of Benedict Cumberbatch’s vocal work as Smaug though. But we do get the return of old fan favourite Legolas, and what I suspect will be a new fan favourite, Tauriel, a new creation for these films. Evangeline Lilly sure rocks those Elven ears. And she looks pretty nifty with a bow & arrow too. Could this middle instalment be a big improvement? Let’s hope.

Here’s the official summary: “The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner. It premieres 13th December.


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