The extended trailer (below) confirms that the movie diverges from the plot of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel by including Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and his possible love interest, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly.)
But fans should not be overly concerned that director Peter Jackson will turn the film into a love story. During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bloom said, "[Legolas] comes swooping in and has his save-the-day moments. [But] elves are eternal in their thinking and their being, so a love story would almost belittle the idea of what the relationship would be. Their connection is a very deep elfin feeling that's done more in looks than words. Because if you're living forever, you're not in a hurry."
A new TV spot for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered this past weekend. The clip (below) gives us another glimpse of Smaug and highlights the increasing danger threatening the dwarves as they continue their journey and encounter new foes. "If you awaken that beast, you will destroy us all," Bard the Bowman warns Thorin Oakenshield.
Desolation of Smaug, a follow-up to 2012's An Unexpected Journey, will be released Dec. 13. The trilogy will end with the release of There and Back Again, which is slated to hit theaters Dec. 17, 2014.
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