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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Trailer: Dragons and Dreamy Orlando Bloom (Video)

There are plenty of opportunities for Shakespearean pronouncements and derring-do

Oh Orlando, those blonde locks, that bow, and those Spock ears.

Orlando Bloom, the dreamboat star of “The Lord of the Rings” is front and center in a new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Based on the videographic evidence, Legolas, the elvish archer he plays in the hit fantasy series, may find a love interest on this particular treasure hunt.

As for the rest of the trailer, there are eye-popping visual effects and action scenes aplenty, and grand pronouncements about a danger that has been unearthed.

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“It will not end here,” Evangeline Lilly, who plays a character created for the film called Tauriel, opines at one point in the sneak peek. “With every victory this evil will grow.”

There's also a few, fleeting and partial glimpses of the fire-breathing Smaug, given voice by the dulcet toned Benedict Cumberbatch.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is once again directed by Peter Jackson. It stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Luke Evans and hits theaters on December 13, 2013.

  • channy

    I don't remember Legolas being in the Hobbit book? Or that little romance they added (who I assume is “Evangeline Lilly, who plays a character CREATED FOR THE FILM called Tauriel”). I had such high hopes but big changes like this I HATE.

    • Rob

      i agree!!!!

    • Craiger

      Look, if they're going to stretch the one book out into 3 , 2hr + movies, obviously they'll have to Hollywood-ize the story with extra characters & sub-plots! Don't look for a ‘Page-by-Page’ retelling on film, just enjoy it for the entertainment it is meant to be and stick to Tolkien's book for the literal interpretation! ( and be glad it's Jackson doing it, not some Jason Bay or Ang Lee etc., who would totally ruin it!! )

    • Bhone

      You can still watch the animated version if you want something that is only limited to what is written in the actual Hobbit book. That is a fantastic version. Legolas is the son of Thranduil, the elven king in Mirkwood. He was around, technically. The story was updated from other Tolkien literature so that three full movies could be made. The Hobbit alone would be a two and half hour movie at best. I don't understand why people get upset with a fresh telling of Tolkien lore. So many references are made to historical Middle Earth events and characters in the books that are never fleshed out in words. It's pretty cool that Peter Jackson is taking the effort to share some of that lore and show something other than what everybody already knows. These movies have a chance to tell stories we haven't seen on any screen. Enjoy it for what it is.

      • Indytims

        Agreed completely. Jackson is visualizing some events that were briefly mentioned by Tolkien -himself-. I think it's -brilliant-. As a kid reading The Hobbit, I can clearly remember Gandalf being my favorite character, and I always wondered, “Where the heck did he go!?!” all those times he disappeared! Now, we get to -see- where he went! I love it and am looking forward to the next two movies with high anticipation!

      • Steve

        Such a great comment!

  • JJ

    Bloom must be thanking Peter Jackson again (and his family links that got him the original gig in the first place) ‘cos here we have a TERRIBLE acting making millions of dollars in a career he shouldn't have. He really is one of the worst actors in recent memory.

    • J.C.

      You wouldn't know good acting if it spit in your face !

    • Dunvane

      oh wait your an expert on elf psycology? How are elfs supposed to act?