New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Image Featuring Ian McKellen and Luke Evans

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies image ahead of the film’s big presentation at Comic-Con next week.  In the conclusion to the trilogy, Smaug and an army of Orcs descend on the Lonely Mountain, and elves, men, and dwarves must unite to save Middle-earth.  Since Smaug and the orcs are all CGI, this image focuses on the flesh-and-blood characters of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard (Luke Evans) whose stunned faces are presumably looking at things that are still in post-production.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

Via Warner Bros.

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.




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  • BarneyRubbleTrouble

    What a great image. I can’t believe it’s only another 5 months until we get to see the end of the movie that should have been over 2 years ago.

  • Person

    The exasperated look of actors watching Peter Jackson “direct” them to react to a green-screen. But I am looking forward to this.

  • milo

    What makes you think the orcs are all CGI? The goblins and one orc were CGI in the first one, isn’t this one supposed to have a big cast in costume and makeup similar to Helm’s Deep and Pelenor Fields? Obviously CGI to fill in huge crowds in the background and in wide shots, but it would be surprising to have all the orcs be CGI.

    • Steven Ray Morris

      In the commentary for The Hobbit: AUJ Peter Jackson expressed regret over having orcs be men in makeup/costumes. Having the baddies be CGI he feels their proportions will be less ‘man’-like and more monstrous/scary. He stated that in DoS and this final film that most, if not all orcs will be CGI.

      • Person

        If Peter Jackson had his way, the entire trilogy would be CGI.

      • milo

        Hasn’t Peter Jackson had his way with all six movies? And he has made it pretty obvious that he prefers CGI for certain things but sets, locations, models, and costumes/makeup for others. I hope that doesn’t turn out to be the case, I’ll believe “all CGI orcs” when I see it.

      • milo

        Hasn’t Peter Jackson had his way with all six movies? And he has made it pretty obvious that he prefers CGI for certain things but sets, locations, models, and costumes/makeup for others. I hope that doesn’t turn out to be the case, I’ll believe “all CGI orcs” when I see it.

      • Norrtron

        Really? I’m pretty sure 99% of the fans like the practical effects, suits, and makeup over his shitty CGI orcs. He needs to go retire on an island with George Lucas.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        If I remember, almost all the CG characters are either someone in makeup or costume with CG added onto them, like Azog, or they are motion captured, like all the background orcs, the Great Goblin, Smaug, etc.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        If I remember, almost all the CG characters are either someone in makeup or costume with CG added onto them, like Azog, or they are motion captured, like all the background orcs, the Great Goblin, Smaug, etc.

  • Neo Racer

    Was the Hobbit actually in these movies?!? I think I saw him in the background a few times

  • Norrtron

    I don’t know how I can love the LOTR trilogy so much and feel so “meh” about all the Hobbit movies, oh yeah it’s because Peter Jackson is burned out when it comes to middle earth and just green screens everything now.

    • GrimReaper07

      Yeah, it’s really a shame. I thought the first Hobbit was ok, but the second one was a huge disappointment. I had already lowered me expectations but I didn’t think I was going to be watching bad film making when I walked into the theater.

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  • Bobby

    I’m guessing the trailer is coming with Hercules next week.

  • bigfrog

    The last 15 pages or so of the novel stretched to three bloated hours of CGI video game fighting and Bard’s children attending nursery school.

  • yrulaughing418

    “When I arrived on set, Jackson and the VFX team proceeded to have me dipped in blue paint.
    And I thought to myself… this is a very strange way to make a movie… and not a very good way”

  • yrulaughing418

    “When I arrived on set, Jackson and the VFX team proceeded to have me dipped in blue paint.
    And I thought to myself… this is a very strange way to make a movie… and not a very good way”

  • Phoenix

    I love how Gandalf is holding a staff that he had in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” When I saw they changed it for “An Unexpected Journey” I thought it looked cooler but didn’t fit with the continuity. After Sauron destroyed that staff in “The Desolation of Smaug,” it’s good to see Peter Jackson establish the continuity.

  • Phoenix

    I love how Gandalf is holding a staff that he had in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” When I saw they changed it for “An Unexpected Journey” I thought it looked cooler but didn’t fit with the continuity. After Sauron destroyed that staff in “The Desolation of Smaug,” it’s good to see Peter Jackson establish the continuity.

  • Odolwa

    It’s funny because you can actually see a non-cgi orc in the background.
    Watch the behind the scene videos and you’ll see that a lot of the orcs (practically all of them) are real in the battle of five armies.

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