First trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug: watch now

Bilbo is back for next leg of his unexpected journey

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has released an epic first trailer online, and you can watch it right here.

Following directly on from the events of An Unexpected Journey, the film picks up with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the Company of Dwarves en route to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their homeland.

It’s not as easy as it sounds though, with their homeland currently inhabited by a rather fearsome dragon known as Smaug (and played, in mo-cap form, by Benedict Cumberbatch).

If that wasn’t trouble enough, the band of travellers still have enormo-Orc Azog the Defiler on their tail, and they have a whole bunch of Woodland Elves to contend with, not to mention the creepy machinations of the Necromancer (Cumberbatch, on double duty).

The Hobbit: Part 2 introduces Evangeline Lilly’s newly created character, warrior Elf Tauriel, and Luke Evans’ steely Bard the Bowman.

Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug now:

Mightily impressive stuff, eh? It seems as though they’re still holding back Smaug for a full reveal in the finished film, but Desolation looks to have no shortage of action (and could win back the cynics who thought Part 1’s slender story was spread a little too thinly).

But, with the combination of that heady, Lord Of The Rings nostalgia, and the huge-scale set-pieces, we should be in for a Christmas 2013 treat. And it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch might have two of 2013’s best villains under his belt…

Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug opens in the UK on 13 December 2013.

What do you think of the first trailer? Is it your most-anticipated film for the remainder of 2013? Tell us below…


    • SiMan

      Jun 11th 2013, 17:26

      was hoping they'd leave the reveal of Smaug till the film itself, but i guess he's such a big part of it they had to show something. One slight criticism was that there wasn't much of Bilbo, you know, the 'Hobbit' of this 'Hobbit' movie. There were parts of the first film where i felt he was pushed aside a bit as well - the bit at rivendell springs to mind. Hope that its rectified a bit in the extended editions.

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    • dangoodfellow

      Jun 11th 2013, 17:48

      well, they've bollocks up the Hobbit then, haven't they? why don't Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and co just make their own movies instead?

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    • smellyhands

      Jun 11th 2013, 18:33

      Far too much Legolas. They should have plenty of time to fix those CGI elves too.

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    • FBKDavis

      Jun 11th 2013, 18:37

      hopefully this is better than the first one, which isn't hard, lets be honest.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 11th 2013, 21:09

      Seems a bit heavy on the CGI, more so than LOTR, which complemented the story, it didn't overwhelm it.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 11th 2013, 23:27

      Looks magical.

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    • Wolfy82

      Jun 12th 2013, 4:17

      I'm excited like hell. But who the feck is bard and elf tauriel, and where is beorn the bear so many mistakes a fear will spoil it for me. Watched the first part a few times and can't help feeling the way it was the story was layed out sounded too much like lotr when the book does not.

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    • Desperation

      Jun 12th 2013, 18:21

      @Wolfy82. Tauriel is a new character made up be Jackson, yes, but Bard of Laketown is one of the most important characters of the book (in terms of what he accomplishes) so i find it odd that you've forgotten him. Regarding Beorn, i'm guessing he's been cut for the same reasons Tom Bombadil was cut from LOTR. Sure, it's a nice little segment but it doesn't add anything to the actual story and it would destroy the pacing of the movie.

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    • Azazeal4eva

      Jun 17th 2013, 12:53

      Just a FYI, there was NO Hobbit DOS Trailer in front of Man of Steel at the IMAX :(

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