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Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Trailer Has New and Old Characters

| 1 Oct 2013 18:00

The second movie in The Hobbit trilogy will send the cast toward the Lonely Mountain where they left off in the first.

The second trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered online today, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch's vocals as the fearsome dragon. The trailer opens with Bilbo, played by Martin Freeman, speaking in awe of Smaug. This is the first time we've heard Cumberbatch as Smaug, but we still haven't had a great look at the treasure thief. Most recently known for his roles as the one and only consulting detective in Sherlock and Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Cumberbatch has a deep and powerful voice, although it's also a bit breathy and eerie in his role as Smaug.

The trailer also showed footage of one of the more popular characters from Lord of the Rings, Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom. Lee Pace will be playing Legolas' father and Elvenking Thranduil again, and it seems his character will have more screen time than he had in the first Hobbit movie. Another elven character, Tauriel, will be played by Evangeline Lilly, and in the trailer Thranduil has a talk with her concerning Legolas's fondness for her. Tauriel looks like a very capable archer, as well as being able to use a sword, as seen in a few scenes in the trailer. The dwarves will have plenty of time in the movie as well, but it appears we'll see more of the elves than we had before.

Like any other blockbuster, the trailer has fire, explosions, and fighting. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theatres on December 13, one year after the first in the trilogy opened.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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