Although Entertainment Weekly promised a look ahead at next year’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in their upcoming collector’s issues, they’re going even further ahead with this new image from 2014’s The Hobbit: There and Back Again. It features a good look at both Luke Evans (The Raven), who plays Bard the Bowman, and Orlando Bloom, who returns as the Elf, Legolas. Bard was mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit but Legolas didn’t turn up until The Lord of the Rings series, so what’s he doing here other than looking all immortal and pretty? Hit the jump to see the full image along with an explanation from the filmmakers.
[Update: A new image from An Unexpected Journey has been released that features Gandalf squaring off against the Goblin King, which is now included after the jump.]
Check out the first image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again, courtesy of EW:
As for the on-screen presence of Laketown’s hero, Bard the Bowman, screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens had this to say:
“Bard is an interesting character, but [in the book] he’s kind of a random character who comes in after the fact. We take more time introducing him. We know from what follows that he was a father, so we [explore] that. I don’t think we take liberties, because it’s all there in the storytelling.”
“He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit, and because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14th, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opening December 13, 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again debuting on July 18, 2014.
Peruse all of our recent coverage of The Hobbit below:
- Dave’s review of the film.
- Steve’s set visit round-up and 70 things to know.
- Peter Jackson on-set interview.
- Ian McKellan on-set interview.
- Martin Freeman on-set interview.
- Richard Armitage on-set interview.
- Weta Workshop head Richard Taylor on-set interview.
- 6 clips from the film.
- 20-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
Here’s the image from An Unexpected Journey via EW.