2 More ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Banners Highlight Lee Pace’s Thranduil & Luke Evans’ Bard
Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing five banners (banner #1 can be viewed here) in the run up to the new trailer for ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ which is hitting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6am PT/9am ET/2pm GMT. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and set to conclude with ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ (2014). The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
‘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’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
‘The Hobbit’ films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Peter Jackson and his film-making team brought to the big screen in the fantastic blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ Reprising their roles from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies are Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast includes the likes of Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, and Aidan Turner.
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