Peter Jackson Reveals New Hobbit Footage at Fan Event

Ahead of the movie's release, fans preview 20 minutes of new footage from The Desolation of Smaug.

by | November 5, 2013 | Comments

With just weeks left now ’til The Desolation of Smaug‘s worldwide theatrical debut, director Peter Jackson and many of his cast held court at a global Hobbit Fan Event yesterday, where the director also gave a lucky few a first look at 20 minutes of as-yet-unseen footage.

While stars Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily and Luke Evans beamed in via video hook-up from various cities across the world, Jackson — sans shoes, of course — oversaw proceedings from The Hobbit‘s New Zealand headquarters in Wellington.

Following a clip of the recording of the movie’s post-credits song, “I See Fire,” the footage launched proper with a taste of Bilbo Baggins’ encounter with the giant spiders in Mirkwood Forest — an arachnid threat that felt even more sinister than Lord of the Rings‘s Shelob, at least in numbers. We see Bilbo brandish “Sting” in the action and — without going into any spoilers about a book published in 1937 — you get to see the blade doing its worst.

Next up was a clip of Lee Pace, as Elven king Thranduil, and Orlando Bloom, returning as Legolas, in conversation. Pace looks suitably elvish and commanding as the fearsome leader, while Bloom appears to have picked up where he left off. There were also glimpses of Evangeline Lily’s Tauriel, a new elf character created for the movie, in bow-and-arrow action, and a council held by Gandalf that acts as another portent of the events in The Lord of the Rings.

The final clip was what everyone has been waiting for: Bilbo Baggins’ confrontation with the titular dragon. We see Bilbo in the opulent dungeon of The Lonely Mountain, and certainly get a good, booming taste of Smaug’s dulcet tones — as voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, he’s an uncanny echo of Tim Curry in Legend — but just as the dragon begins to emerge from the giant pile of gold… you guessed it, a sharp cut to black. Appetite whetted, then. Again.

What was interesting was that the footage, though we saw it in 2D, didn’t appear to have the obvious jarring effect of the 48-frames-per-second that threw a lot of people off for the first Hobbit movie. In fact, the clips looked fantastic visually. Whether that’s a symptom of our eyes simply having adjusted to the future, or that Jackson and his WETA team have taken on board some of the previous concerns and made things smoother, we’ll get a better idea when the movie unfurls in its theatrical 3D format.

The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13 in the US and the UK, and December 26 in Australia.

Tag Cloud

Universal Reality Competition Disney Channel war medical drama Spike what to watch Horror technology cooking dc AMC Kids & Family Masterpiece Premiere Dates Paramount Freeform YA zombies aliens Music discovery Warner Bros. travel Lionsgate sitcom political drama Mystery thriller HBO robots Starz police drama VH1 YouTube Red Musical Trivia Adult Swim Action Video Games CW Seed IFC Films Sneak Peek 2017 TLC harry potter TV Land biography Extras streaming Shondaland Western Marvel TCA Mindy Kaling USA National Geographic Red Carpet Certified Fresh Columbia Pictures Amazon Ghostbusters golden globes Marathons Sci-Fi FXX Disney Tumblr Nickelodeon Star Wars Martial Arts based on movie Mary Tyler Moore DirecTV Pixar Comedy transformers RT History Box Office Dark Horse Comics diversity TCA 2017 Sundance Fantasy Musicals Toys IFC Reality Biopics spy thriller finale festivals ITV Year in Review BBC Best and Worst romance Ovation Thanksgiving talk show adventure Super Bowl boxoffice FOX Cartoon Network Winter TV Fox News The CW 20th Century Fox serial killer Superheroes Logo Nominations GLAAD Rock Christmas cults Watching Series Country Crackle singing competition docudrama Lifetime Syfy sports Summer Grammys TIFF zombie VICE Teen First Look politics psycho Sundance Now Comedy Central CBS 2016 Creative Arts Emmys Netflix dramedy Walt Disney Pictures LGBTQ USA Network cops Showtime E! Podcast E3 Valentine's Day Britbox TCM justice league Opinion Ellie Kemper supernatural Animation Holidays Infographic Star Trek Calendar Interview MTV ratings unscripted CBS All Access A&E DC Comics Acorn TV historical drama BBC America History Tomatazos SundanceTV TBS dceu DC Universe MSNBC Set visit Character Guide PaleyFest Countdown crime drama composers cats CMT TruTV 21st Century Fox BET Nat Geo 007 Emmys Cosplay Hulu hist SDCC crossover comiccon NYCC President Paramount Network See It Skip It DC streaming service Esquire crime thriller Spring TV ABC Family Rocky Awards Election TV cinemax Sony Pictures Pirates Writers Guild of America The Arrangement PBS Drama Rom-Com binge Comic Book Winners TNT Trailer 45 Polls and Games Superheroe SXSW 24 frames science fiction Lucasfilm OWN Food Network Bravo WGN crime X-Men American Society of Cinematographers Photos Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt APB Apple period drama Oscars GoT GIFs El Rey ESPN social media 2015 Schedule FX Fall TV ABC Pop vampires NBC CNN