After the revealing of the first image from Peter Jackson’s third Hobbit film, There and Back Again, yesterday, Entertainment Weekly have now got their hands on the first ever image from the second film in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug. Not only that, but EW have also revealed an exclusive image of The Goblin King from An Unexpected Journey!
First though to the image from The Desolation of Smaug, and what exactly the image tells us about Jackson’s extended trilogy of films. In The Hobbit book, the story finishes with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) facing Smaug, yet the image appears to be showing that already in the second film. The image shows Bilbo Baggins on top of a massive pile of gold, the treasure which the giant dragon Smaug guards, and Bilbo is looking mighty worried about something. The fact he is kind of looking up suggests something much bigger than him out of the shot, Smaug perhaps?
“The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there,” screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens told EW. “Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.”
A rather large battle eh? Well yes, there is that, so it is possible that The Hobbit: There and Back Again could end up being one giant battle, the epic Battle of the Five Armies which would include Laketown men, orcs, dwarves, goblins, elves, wargs, and giant eagles. So it would appear that the third film in the trilogy will indeed be a continuation of the Hobbit story, using some 120 pages of appendices Tolkien wrote to The Lord of the Rings that elaborate on the story.
Also revealed today by EW is an image of The Goblin King, who is played by Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna Everidge fame). The monster was created using a motion-capture suit, like Andy Serkis’ Gollum. The image shows Gandalf and the Dwarves facing off to this huge beast, and you really get an idea of its size here. The picture also shows how well designed the sets are again, with the background looking much like the Mines of Moria.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on December 14th, 2012.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open December 13th, 2013.
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open July 18th, 2014.
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