One of this season’s most anticipated films has to be the second epic installment of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy. Returning once again to Middle Earth, the film will pick up where the last one left off, with Martin Freeman‘s Bilbo Baggins continuing his journey to help 13 dwarfs reclaim their gold from
a ruthless moneylender a fearsome dragon deep in the heart of The Lonely Mountain.
A number of new characters are to be properly introduced in the second film: most intriguingly Smaug, the title dragon who will be voiced by man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch. But the thing that has most intrigues Rings devotees will be the return of Orlando Bloom‘s Legolas, who doesn’t feature in Tolkien’s original text but will appear in the prequel nonetheless.
To help whet your appetite for more Hobbity goodness this Christmas, here are the brand-new character poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Lee Pace as Thranduil
Having appeared briefly in An Unexpected Journey, the Elvenking of the North will be making more of an impact this time round. Lee Pace –best known from the short-lived, pie-obsessed TV show Pushing Daisies– looks to be putting in a smoulder-heavy performance.
Richard Armitage as Thorin
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Tauriel does not appear in any of Tolkien’s books, having been invented by Jackson and co-writer Fran Walsh for the purpose of redressing the bro-ho ratio in the film. Tolkien, sadly, was not big on female characters.
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Ian McKellan as Galdalf the Grey
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will journey to your local cinema Friday 13 December