Warner Bros. has finally released the official synopsis for Peter Jackson's concluding tale to The Hobbit trilogy, Battle of the the Five Armies.
Just this April, director Peter Jackson announced that he's changing the title of the final The Hobbit film from There and Back Again, to the more aggressive, The Battle of the Five Armies since it's more "appropriate." Well, now, you can judge that for yourself as Warner Bros. has released the film's official synopsis in full. You can check out the complete presser below, which was translated from its original German release.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
"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.
It seems Jackson did the right thing renaming the final chapter. But even so, I'd be very surprised if he somehow didn't work in the phrase "There and Back Again" in the film in some form or another.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is set to hit theaters in the US on December 17 later this year.