The third film in the new Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is apparently going to have to really focus on the “back again.” According to the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in the franchise which hits theatres this winter, the epic adventure of Bilbo and the team of dwarves will get pretty close to the climax of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book. In the glimpses of footage we see Bilbo entering the Misty Mountain and his first encounter with Smaug the Dragon, a scene that readers will remember comes in the last 50 pages of Tolkien’s book. That suggests that either The Desolation of Smaug will leave very little for the final installment to cover or it will end on a serious cliffhanger.
However, there is nothing to necessarily suggest that Peter Jackson will be entirely faithful to Tolkien’s pages. In my mostly favorable review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I suggested that the film felt like Jackson had made the series his own by establishing his distinct footprint. I am sure that the director has an idea for the final two segments that will delight fans while only sort of feeling bloated.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer reveals some new characters (and one familiar face from The Lord of the Rings) and a continuation of the dazzling spectacle that was brought to the first film. Joining the cast for the second feature is Evangeline Lily as elf warrior Tauriel, Lee Pace as elf king Thranduil, Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Stephen Fry as Master of the Lake Town, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular dragon. Additionally, Orlando Bloom returns to the cast as Legolas and immediately returns to his expert bow-wielding ways.
Check out the official trailer below and please share your thoughts in the comments!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 13, 2013.