First Trailer - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Posted June 11, 2013 01:46 PM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for filmmaker Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly elf Tauriel, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Lee Pace as Elvenking Thranduil, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.
Official Synopsis: 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 title character Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf (McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Armitage), on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from a great and terrible dragon (voice and motion capture by Cumberbatch).
The second film in The Hobbit trilogy, after An Unexpected Journey, is set to arrive in the U.S. in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 48fps-ready theaters on December 13th.
@ Woodsy -- hey there, don't count yourself president of that club. I have a feeling that a lot of us will come out of the closet on this one. I sort of like the first 3 installments of The Tower series and really got off on the one before this one... and I too am looking forwards to seeing this.
Now the way things have been going, if the movie is go be released in mid Dec, then that means we should have the 3D version in our home libraries no later than April, maybe May 2014. That is very good news indeed.
It was never just the the The Hobbit to Jackson. From the start Jackson has been creating his own unique vision of Tolkien's tales incorporating the The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy into one unified whole. That is something that Tolkien himself didn't do. As he wrote them, the only connections are found in the Appendices not in the stories themselves which are very different in tone and substance. Once you understand that everything Jackson is doing makes sense. This isn't a three parter called The Hobbit, rather it is a six part comprehensive "Saga of The Ring". Whether or not Jackson can actually pull off this synthesis is what remains to be seen. I wouldn't bet against him.
@Woodsy. Nah, a lot of people loved the first movie, including myself. Though it wasnt as good I thought as the first movie in the LotR trilogy, it was still epic in its own way and had a lot to live up to.
The 2nd movie looks primed to be better then the first also from the trailer alone.
Woodsy - 3 hours ago
I think I'm one of the few that really enjoyed the first film...so I'm pumped for this one.
Nah, pure hyperbole. The haters are just the vocal minority. Millions enjoyed it, take it to the bank, just like PJ.
I've watched it four times and it seems to get a little better with each viewing, though some parts are still a little too silly for me (cough...rabbit sled...cough) The second part is looking a notch or two better.
@mbethancourt: My comment was not meant to praise Jackson. It was meant to state what I think his vision is, based on the first film of The Hobbit series. I agree with you that what he is doing may be a terrible idea especially if you like Tolkien's original telling of both works. I was merely stating something that I think many here are not taking into account in their critiques, both pro and con of the The Hobbit. In brief, Jackson is creating a magnum opus; a six part story that is consistent in style, theme and presentation and which brings Tolkien's two best known works together in a way never done before, envisioned or even likely desired by Tolkien. The end result could be a masterful achievement or a mess. Which it is will only be known in May 2014 when The Hobbit Part III is finally released.
Not yet but the best guess is a release just before The Hobbit Part II comes out in Dec. It would help build up interest in the movie and also make a great Christmas gift. Jackson like Lucas knows how to market and milk his audience for every penny. That's not a criticism. It's just a statement of the nature of the business they're both in.
@tru blu: I think you've hit the nail on the head. We should be thiniking of these movies as chapters of a single and long epic novel.
Thanks. Sounds about right. Hope so, anyways, because I still haven't bothered with the current theatrical Blu ray. I saw the movie twice in theaters to make it last. Now I'm just waiting for an extended cut before seeing the next chapter.
I happen to love Lee Pace, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing this next chapter. By the way, Lee was also featured in a wonderful film called The Fall and on the short lived, yet wonderful TV series called Pushing Daisies, as well as the short lived TV series called Wonderfalls...