And here we are again, one last go-round on the “Hobbit” hype machine, readying ourselves for another epic journey through Middle Earth courtesy of Peter Jackson.
The first trailer (above) for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” debuted at Comic-Con, and following the lead of other franchise flicks, is now online. It is, to say the least, serious and seriously action-packed, with the whole world going to hellfire.
“Battle” is the third film in the single book-derived big-screen trilogy (and, of course, Jackson’s sixth film adaptation of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy saga).
Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins, Benedict Cumberbatch voices the very agitated dragon Smaug, Evangeline Lilly is Tauriel, Richard Armitage leads an army of dwarves, Orlando Bloom is back as Legolas, and Ian McKellan, of course, is Gandalf.