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.”

vehiclesshockme 7th-Dec-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
The LotR trilogy as a whole is my favorite movie but I mean they have a major character who is computer generated though so I don't think they're the best argument for no CGI.
fabouluz 7th-Dec-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yea but it looked good, and they used the beautiful scenery of NZ and built everything and used camera trickery etc instead of the new hobbit film which doesn't look as good to me.
crackedbuthappy 7th-Dec-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
That's what I love about it. It used it's CGI for enhancing something already beautiful and grounded in reality (those giant sets and great makeup/costumes). It's aged SO WELL compared to other movies made a decade ago. I rewatched Spiderman recently and it looked absurd compared to our current CGI and LoTR still looks flawless.
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