The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ¬ DVD

The second teaser trailer for The Desolation of Smaug, the second chunk of Peter Jackson’s mammoth trilogy adapted from JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, has just been released, featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Andy Serkis as Gollum, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug himself.

It’s all but guaranteed to pull in the crowds after the successful first instalment, An Unexpected Journey, but does this trailer tickle your interest? Will Smaug be a fire-breather of a movie, or all smoke and mirrors?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation (OK, since like December/January), so here at the mid-point between the release of An Unexpected Journey and Smaug we’re getting a little taste of what the next chapter will look like. What’s here? First, and probably most interestingly, we have elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) in action. (She fires arrows! Somewhat accurately!) There’s also Azog (Manu Bennett) and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, among others.

However, what we can see here, but not hear here is Smaug himself. There’s a glimpse of the eponymous dragon at the end of the trailer but no sound from the (everywhere all the time) actor playing him: Benedict Cumberbatch. Not that audiences don’t already know what he sounds like—his “shall we begin?” from Star Trek Into Darkness is still booming through theaters—but of the things fans are anticipating in Smaug at the top of the list is, well, Smaug. Of course the big Cumberbatch reveal isn’t going to come with the first trailer, but it would’ve been nice.

This new trailer and images also trumpets the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, and quite a bit of the gang from the last Hobbit flick: Bilbo (Martin Freeman), who is apparently exercising every opportunity to frolic and look scared in this trailer, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and Gandalf (Ian McKellen). And, overall, the trailer promises an action-packed ride, which would be a relief after An Unexpected Journey‘s, um, slower moments. Will it be better than its predecessor? Or will it just leave fans with their own desolation? We’ll have to wait and see.

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

Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Stars: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen

And here’s the first one…

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