With 100% fewer songs about eating dinner and plenty of brooding and battle sequences, the sneak peek for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug actually looks pretty good. At three minutes and change, this trailer offers our most comprehensive look at the hotly anticipated Hobbit sequel. Set to come out on December 13th, the epic journey will take us into the heart of the Lonely Mountain, have our heroes captured by wood elves in the Mirkwood, and continue to spark brain-numbing debates on the merits of 48 FPS versus 24 FPS.
Benedict Cumberbatch cuts an imposing figure as Smaug — well, his voice does at least — and this trailer has me a fair sight more excited for the sequel, especially after my thoroughly disappointing experience with the first Hobbit film. I may have been alone in that sentiment, thoughm, because today also saw a The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug live fan event that featured exclusive new footage and a live Q&A hosted by Anderson Cooper with director Peter Jackson and cast members Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis. The event has come and gone, but you can relive the magic in this video archive below. Go to 21:00 for a new video blog with outtakes and 52:45 for an extended scene.
Not too shabby, huh? Plus it looks like we’ll be seeing a little bit of Legolas too, so maybe he’ll be able to answer the burning question of “What the hell happened to Will Turner anyway?” What’s that? Wrong franchise? Okay, my bad, you guys. Scratch that last bit – just let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below or tell me your Will Turner-is-a-secret-Nazgul theories on Twitter.