Hear Smaug Slither and Speak in New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Plus Two New Banners

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug along with two new banners.  The trailer is jam-packed with action as well as the new plot threads including Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel’s (Evangeline Lilly) love affair, and Bard (Luke Evans) warning Thorin (Richard Armitage) to stay away or else Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) will come to destroy everyone.  We also get a listen to more Smaug dialogue, and unsurprisingly, Cumberbatch nails it.  There’s a lot of good stuff in this trailer, and I hope it comes together to create a strong middle chapter for The Hobbit trilogy.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

Via Warner Bros.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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  • Melwing

    Decent trailer. I won’t be spending any money to see the 2nd movie though, after the disaster I felt the first one was. In my opinion, it failed to capture the spirit or tone of either the book or Jackson’s LotR films; instead it was a mish-mash of the two, which just didn’t work for me at all.

    • Andrew Butler

      I’d give this one a chance, and the next – something tells me, like the Fellowship of the Ring, the first in both trilogies will be admired after the fact. Although I agree, I didn’t enjoy the kiddy nature of the first at all.

      • Person

        FotR was appreciated only after the fact? I’m pretty sure the vast majority of people loved that movie from the start. Hobbit 1, on the other hand…

        I just hope this trilogy comes together; so far, the start wasn’t promising. Hobbit 1 had moments of greatness but they were few and far between.

    • MrBurrrns

      Agreed. It was too long and lacked any soul – a pure money grab.

      • Rachel

        well in your opinion ! i wasn’t bored one second i wished it lasted longer and it really touched my soul. And i am far from being the only one so please don’t denigrate this movie so many love by resuming it in two points as if they were established facts ! let’s make love in 35 mm and epic red cameras and respect each others tastes……….

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        It was my favourite film if 2012 and a Tolkien fan’s dream.

      • Guest

        Yes, I did say ‘in my opinion’. Wasn’t trying to state a fact- I stressed the opposite, actually- please review my comment. And I’m a life-long Tolkien fan, it just didn’t work for me. :)

      • Pk

        Totally agree with you. I enjoyed this one better than the original one because of it s lighter tone and better cgi

    • MrBurrrns

      Agreed. It was too long and lacked any soul – a pure money grab.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      I know what you are saying Melwing, but I found it got much better the second time I saw it and the biggest issues were that it was paced more like an extended edition and the main characters all start out not knowing or liking each other very much – Balin and Thorin’s small moment in the opening excepted. Hopefully, the bonds will become stronger and stronger as it goes.

      Fellowship had the advantage of opening with old loving friends facing unexpected and grave challenges. The later movies divide this up a bit to their detriment in my estimation, where the Hobbit movies may benefit from the opposite.

      Here’s hoping.

    • MITIOR

      Your loss!

      • Melwing

        Definitely. Believe me, I wish I had enjoyed it. I waited a long time for it. At least I still have the cartoon.

    • mbmarquis69

      In my world, failing to capture the spirit or tone of either the book or the LOTR films is equal to “disappointment.” Not “disaster.” But I guess we live in different worlds.

      • Melwing

        If I had enjoyed in just about any small way, sure- it would just be a disappointment. But I felt (again- opinion) it was just awful. It just didn’t work on any level for me. Ergo, disaster.

  • Melwing

    Decent trailer. I won’t be spending any money to see the 2nd movie though, after the disaster I felt the first one was. In my opinion, it failed to capture the spirit or tone of either the book or Jackson’s LotR films; instead it was a mish-mash of the two, which just didn’t work for me at all.

  • Devin Reed

    “Come, now…..step into the light.” Bring on December!!!

  • Devin Reed

    “Come, now…..step into the light.” Bring on December!!!

  • PANTS

    So now Thorin and Bilbo are back to distrusting each other again, in spite of the ending to the first film. Also, Benedict’s voice sounds heavily altered; he sounds more like an angry decepticon than a dragon. But apart from that, good trailer!

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      On Thorin and Bilbo: There will be plenty of reason for that, though I thought it would come in the third movie.

      • Marissa

        It could be when Thorin learns about Bilbo’s ring. Dishonesty on how he got past the goblins, perhaps.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Well, even without spoilers, you can guess how one might feel when a burglar gets first dibs on YOUR treasure. ;)

      • Marissa

        But (hopefully this is without spoilers as well) that’s after the events with the dragon, right? I figured that would be saved for midway through the third movie or something.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      On Thorin and Bilbo: There will be plenty of reason for that, though I thought it would come in the third movie.

    • Marissa

      I thought he was channeling Tom Hardy for a second. He sounded like Bane a little bit.

      But I am glad they did that. When they cast him, I was thinking “his voice is deep, but it’s rather smooth and posh…not booming enough.” But kudos to the sound editors for making it work.

  • Julio Navas

    I think the teaser trailer is better.

    • Star Child

      I don’t believe you.

    • Star Child

      I don’t believe you.

  • Julio Navas

    I think the teaser trailer is better.

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    After the tepid first installment, I can only hope this one actually does something worthwhile.

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Oh yes! I cannot wait! I NEED to watch this!

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Oh yes! I cannot wait! I NEED to watch this!

  • Bard the Bowman

    Awesome trailer, Smaug’s voice is awesome! Cant wait!

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Truly the hype and banners fall utterly short, oh Peter the Stupendous!

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    No Run!! Run!! ?
    No Goblin King’s ugly face ?
    thrilling scenes ?

    It’s a winner for me.

  • JK1193

    I hope everyone realizes that not only is Cumberbatch voicing the role, he’s also playing the character through motion capture! Which means the reveal of Smaug is something to REALLY look forward to. :)

    • Marissa

      I still have no idea how that works. Gollum I get of course, he’s got the anatomy closely resembling a human. But the anatomy of a dragon’s obviously very different.
      Hoping for some behind-the-scenes footage to see how it’s done. Maybe just facial expressions? But even that… D’ah screw it, I’ll just wait and see.

      • Pk

        Even I’m curious to see how benedict is gonna mo cap for a dragon with a long face. With Peter Jackson st the helm, we can only hope for the best

    • Melwing

      A human doing motion capture for a non-humanoidish creature doesn’t really make sense to me, let alone excite me.

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      How can a human play a dragon that flies and has a long neck? Anyways, everything I see of Smaug is making him out to be terrifying, decrepit, and evil. I always thought of him as a noble-looking dragon, but this is showing him to a pure predator, a vain, boasting, terrifying, deadly beast that you do NOT want to mess with. Cumberbatch is PERFECT. Absolutely perfect.

      This movie shout by all accounts surpass the first film, and be just plain epic. Long live Tolkien and Peter Jackson!

      P.S. Hey PJ, get working on Temeraire already! This should be some good dragon practice for you! (Though after this will be Hobbit 3 and after that will be Tintin.) I am interested in seeing what awesomeness you will do next.

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  • MIXTER

    I love how Smaugs voice sounds just like Tim Curry’s Darkness from Legend! (best devil on screen. )
    I really liked Hobbit part 1, and didn’t find it felt long at all! The Two towers, now that felt loooong! Did no one remember the Ents? Still, i loved them all, and am looking forward to the extendeds.

    Also, the tone of the Hobbit reflects the book, which feels more like a kids book. People forget this when coparing it to LOTR films.

    • MITIOR

      Every time I show the LOTR trilogy to friends, The Two Towers is the one that feels like a drag, I think they’ll never make it to RoTK

      • mbmarquis69

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. I think some of it is due to the fact that TFoTR was such a journey. They began and point A and walked and walked and walked to Point B. It felt grand and sweeping. TTT settles into a particular region. The characters feel like they’re moving in circles, if that makes any sense.

      • MIXTER

        Same here, strange how people seem to complain about the pacing of Hobbit. Its as if theyd never even seen a LOTR film before. Theyre all long and each one has some painful endurance tests. I love em, but out of them all, The Hobbit feels the most brisk to me. Though even so, I’m waiting for the extended edition. More movie for my buck.

      • Nerdgasm

        I don’t think people have forgotten that the Hobbit is more a mythos than an opera as compared to TLoTRs. It’s just that they are using appendices to make these movies longer and those were written and within process of TLoTRs not the Hobbit so they are trying to bring all that down to the Hobbits level with being more a mythos (Or for kids as you put it) and that’s the stuff that isn’t translating well and it’s mucking up the tone. Hobbit does not share the same tone as the book and that’s my theory. They really needed to white wash the hell out of the other material and it’s damaging to those of us that were expecting the The Hobbit.

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      So that’s it! I knew I heard that voice from somewhere. It’s the perfect mix of terrifying, sensual, grand, and pure evil.

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      So that’s it! I knew I heard that voice from somewhere. It’s the perfect mix of terrifying, sensual, grand, and pure evil.

  • MITIOR

    I love this movies, but its annoying how they’re always mumbling the words, sometimes I feel I need captions.

  • FincherFan

    Idk guys…anyone else feel the over reliance on CG instead of miniatures is hindering this film? :/

    • mbmarquis69

      Not really. I had some problems with The Hobbit, but I never understood the criticism about the CG.

      • iamtryingtobelieve

        I’m with you on this one. I loved the “hyper-real” look of the first Hobbit, and thought it looked more fantastical. The first trilogy was dark, forboding, and as realistic of a portrayal that anyone could do with that story.

        I think the visual style of The Hobbit: AUJ fit the tone of the story just fine.

        But then again, different strokes & all that jazz.

        Edit: Forgot a word.

      • MIXTER

        I agree. Hobbit had more vibrant colors, LOTR had the grayed out filters all over it. Which worked for those films. But after the hobbit they can look a biy dull in comparrison. I can also see the argument though, the CGI itself in Hobbit has its flaws, but then again, theres a few compositing flaws in LOTR too so they even out.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        You see the scene in the trailer where Thorin says “We are the dwarves of Erebor”, and you see Thranduil’s hall? That looks just like a painting. An Alan Lee, fantastical painting. Brilliant!

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  • pinkincide

    It’s Max Headroom the dragon. Too much processing on that voice. Of course they have to bass boost it, but there’s way too much tweaking beyond that.

  • pinkincide

    It’s Max Headroom the dragon. Too much processing on that voice. Of course they have to bass boost it, but there’s way too much tweaking beyond that.

  • sense11

    :):):):):):) YESSSS

  • Phoenix

    Did anyone notice that the bow Legolas is holding in the banner is the same as the one he used in FotR prior to visiting Lothlórien?

    I love these little attention to details.

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