11:39 am - 12/07/2012

First official photo from SECOND Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, released

In this exclusive first image from the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, in theaters Dec. 13, 2013, we see Bilbo Baggins going for the gold. To be more exact, we see Martin Freeman’s reluctant hobbit hero splayed out on a massive pile of treasure, looking up in hobbit-y alarm at what we can probably safely assume is an enormous and not very happy fire-breathing dragon named Smaug.

In fact, as anyone who’s read the book knows, the tale of The Hobbit — which Jackson is expanding considerably by drawing on some 120 pages of appendices Tolkien wrote to The Lord of the Rings that elaborate on the story — actually continues well past the face-off with Smaug at the Lonely Mountain, culminating eventually in the epic battle Battle of Five Armies, involving Laketown men, orcs, dwarves, goblins, elves, wargs, and giant eagles.

“The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there,” says screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens. “Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.”

honey_child 7th-Dec-2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
There better be a shot of Smaug in the first movie. Don't JJ Abrams that!
jaimelannister 7th-Dec-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I thought it was rumoured that the final shot of the first film was Smaug's eye?
zharia 7th-Dec-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
if this is true I am sOoOO HFT.
mjspice 7th-Dec-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah Bendict Cucumberpatch himself said that was gonna happen.
cuteej4 7th-Dec-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
There's a TV spot where they already SHOWED Smaug burning up a village
honey_child 7th-Dec-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)

I have a lot of feelings about this movie ok?
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