The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peak Breakdown

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Fans who bought a copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey got a special treat with a code that gave them access to a live event hosted by Peter Jackson to reveal the first details about the next film, The Desolation of Smaug. Here’s our impressions.

First off, I missed the live event because I was spending time with family (Sunday afternoon Pete? Really?), so I will be covering the modified video they put up afterwards, which unfortunately is 20 minutes less.

The first really notable thing I picked up was that Luke Evans, who will play Bard the Bowman, said he is going back to shoot more for the films in June. This is most likely to deal with the expansion from two to three films.

From there, we dive into unexplored regions of the Tolkien-verse, Mirkwood and Lake Town. Most of the sets have green screen around them of course, but we do get to see Orlando Bloom back in action as Legolas.

Lake Town seems interesting as well, as we get some information on Stephen Fry’s character, the mayor of the town. Jackson describes the character is having some political satire. Fry is a brilliant comedian and he seems to be a fan of everything going on around him.

Then comes a brief peek of Bilbo’s confrontation with Smaug amongst the treasure. Of course, as Jackson joked earlier to the camera, we likely won’t be seeing Smaug until the release of the film.

Bard the Bowman gets a bit of elaboration as Jackson describes him as sort of an antihero.

Next was a glimpse at one of the bigger question marks of the Hobbit films, Evangeline Lily’s Tauriel, a newly created elf character. She will clearly have some action scenes and knows how to handle a bow.

Other than that, we get a bunch of guest questions from people like Lee Pace, who plays Thranduil in the trilogy, Stephen Colbert, and Merry and Pippin themselves (Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd respectively)!

So yeah, not too much was revealed about The Desolation of Smaug. However, everything with the elves looks excellent and Stephen Fry as the leader of Lake Town has no chance of disappointing.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters December 13.

By Matt Dougherty

One Response to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peak Breakdown

  1. morro says:

    The modified version didn’t have the clip at the end with Gandalf and Radagast?

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