In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit named Bilbo, who left home behind to go on an adventure across Middle-earth.
With the defining, final chapter of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy set to hit theaters in just a few months, the newest and final trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies shows us that the story is far from over.
Check it out below:
The trailer starts with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) asking Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to remember his promise. A focal point of the opening montage places on emphasis on Thorin’s greed and pride, highlighting some of the effects it has had on others. We can gather that tensions are building between the two. Dwalin even intervenes on the hobbit’s behalf, telling Thorin he’s breaking their burglar. We also see Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) comforting an injured Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and get a glimpse of Saruman’s (Sir Christopher Lee) growing evil nature. With Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) unleashing his fiery wrath on Laketown and Azog the Defiler’s forces approaching, the situation is somber, and this new footage certainly reflects those dark times.
In an interview with USA Today, director Peter Jackson spoke about the movie, the players involved, and how the events set things in motion for the story in The Lord of the Rings films:
Everybody’s where they need to be, there’s no new characters, all cards are on the table. The fate of Middle-earth is not really going to swing one way or the other. But there’s a lot of characters we’ve introduced, and some of them we like and some of them who we feel empathy for are going to behave badly because they’re confronted with the ultimate test, which is massive wealth. And it brings out the worst in people.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters December 17.