Here’s the first picture from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Smaug is gold-hording dragon, so it’s a safe bet that he’s who Bilbo is looking at in this scene. Smaug will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness)
It also advices people to buy tickets in advance of the December 14th premiere.
Joining the Bilbo-centric poster that was released earlier this week, this new piece of marketing material showcases the the thirteen dwarves who join Bilbo on his unexpected journey.
I must say, Aiden Turner (the second one in the top row) looks decidedly un-dwarf-like.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012.
This prequel to The Lord of the Rings, likewise directed by Peter Jackson, was recently expanded into a trilogy, the first installment of which will be released on December 14th, 2012.
The Hobbit tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins (Frodo’s uncle) first found the ring of power, and his taste for adventure.
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.
THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN
The Desolation of Smaug is the new one, slotted in between the two previously announced titles. The first two come out in mid-December of 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the third will follow on July 18, 2014.
It’s extremely similar to the first trailer; the biggest difference being that we now know this is the first in a trilogy, rather than the two film series we thought it to be when the first trailer came out. Does that fact change the tenor of the preview? Watch it and find out.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be the first 3D entry into the Lord of the Rings universe, and to mark the occasion, theaters will be handing out these custom glasses for the film’s 3D presentation.
I guess it’s nice to get something for the increased ticket price, but wow, do those look uncomfortable or what? And with the recent news that the series will be stretched into three movies, that’s upwards of nine hours you’ll have to wear them.
The prequel to The Lord of the Rings is, unlike its sequel, based on a single novel. The original plan was to take that book and stretch it out into two films by adding elements from the appendices; 125 pages of notes on the back-story of the series, written by Tolkien and included with the third book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, ‘The Return of the King.’
Apparently, Jackson and company were able to find enough material for not one, but two extra films. Continue reading