New Behind-the-Scenes Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Even though it’s still six months away, it feels like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will soon be upon us.  The marketing is ramping up, and new behind-the-scenes images have been released from the upcoming sequel.  Like we saw from the trailer, the second film is going to go heavy on the elves with Legolas (Orlando Bloom) returning along with the introduction of Thranduil (Lee Pace), the Elvenking and Legolas’ father, as well as original character, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  I assume the marketing is saving the Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) stuff until closer to the release date.

Hit the jump to check out some of the behind-the-scenes images.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, 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.

Pick up the latest issue of Empire magazine for more images.

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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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  • Stijn

    Great, more green screen, fuck practical effects….

    • haha

      Are you talking about Jackson’s shirt? He’s not that fat.

      • Stijn

        Haha, no. I meant the over use of green screen and CGI in the Hobbit films, It’s just too much. Now they’re just half-assed sets with green screens behind them. In LOTR there was a lot more practical stuff that got kind of dropped for these films, which makes me sad.

    • Burning_Horizon

      Well, at least they used *some* practical effects, unlike some filmmakers … I’m lookin’ at you George Lucas.

      But, I agree, The Hobbit has relied to much on CGI. Especially, when it comes to the creatures and costumes. The Orcs in LOTR felt real because they *were* real. The White Orc looks like a boss-character in a video game.

      • Northern Star

        That’s because Azog was changed very late in post-production, they already had shot footage with another actor as Azog in different make-up and costume but Jackson felt it wasn’t working so brought in another actor to mo-cap a newly designed Azog a couple months before it’s release… this insanely tight post-production change meant they didn’t have as much time to render the Pale Orc as they would have liked!

        Ironically, the first actor and Azog design has been retained and now recast as Bolg, Azog’s son, who will lead the army of goblins and wargs to the Battle of Five Armies…

      • Unemployed_Northeastern

        The Azog in the movie is the same actor who played Crixus on the Starz series Spartacus. I connected the dots because he has a rather inimitable battle roar, for lack of better words.

  • Hop

    Looks great. And, no

    • Hop

      –the film is NOT going to be elves heavy. Warner Bros. is merely concentrating on the new characters early on in the marketing. The dwarves will still be in it doing some badass stuff. Martin Freeman will have some great moments as Bilbo, and Benedict Cumberbatch will rule the film (literally) as the great dragon Smaug and the evil Necromancer.

      There are a lot more sets in this film then the first, I’d think. Lots of landscapes, and motion capture. They actually built Mirkwood and Thranduil’s palace and the barrel sequence was actually filmed in a New Zealand river.

      I can’t wait to watch this film. Pure entertainment!

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