“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” first official trailer which launched Thursday is as poignant a goodbye to Middle-Earth as fans could imagine.
Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in this, the final installment for Peter Jackson‘s epic “Hobbit” trilogy. This first full-length trailer — discounting small snippets released at San Diego Comic Con in July — features quite a few familiar faces, including Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, and of course Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
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“A plan long in the making,” announces wizard Gandalf just before the battle kicks off.
He ain’t kidding.
Jackson has been making J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired movies for nearly 15 years now, but this will be the last of them. With the trailer’s tightly-constructed action sequences, hair-raising CGI moments, and score — it’s hard to think that fans will be disappointed.
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Produced by New Line, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters on December 17.