December 7, 2012


Though Peter Jackson’s first entry in his Hobbit trilogy hits theaters next weekend with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, just yesterday we got our first look at the final entry in the series by way of an image debut from The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  Completionists need not fret, as EW has now unveiled the first image from the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  It’s not incredibly revealing, as we’re simply given a tease of Martin Freeman’s Bilbo hanging out on top of Smaug’s gold pile, but what this image and the title do reveal is that Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy doesn’t exactly end after Bilbo faces down the dragon Smaug.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image and to see what screenwriter Philippa Boyens teased about what the climax of the third film.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 3D on December 13, 2013.

Speaking with EW, Boyens essentially revealed that the trilogy will climax with the Battle of Five Armies in There and Back Again:

“The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there,” says screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens. “Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.”

Jackson has actually yet to shoot the epic battle, but the production is expected to pick back up early next year to fill in the gaps.  Those worried that the prospect of reshoots means the films are in trouble can rest easy, as Jackson did a considerable amount of additional filming on all three entries in his masterful Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Check out the image from The Desolation of Smaug via EW below.


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