The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has finally landed. Check it out below!
In the clip, war has arrived, and just about everyone is involved. The dwarves have unleashed Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and set him on a collision course with the people of Laketown. The dragon’s treasure trove is up for grabs, and the pursuit of the wealth brings out the villain in everyone, even those we’ve come to view as the good guys.
“Everybody’s where they need to be, there’s no new characters, all cards are on the table,” director Peter Jackson told USA Today. “[There] was a mountain no one would go near because of the danger of the dragon. Now the deterrent flies out, and that changes the dynamics of everything.”
Despite the high stakes, however, Jackson acknowledged that this isn’t like the Lord of the Ring trilogy, where the fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. “The fate of Middle-earth is not really going to swing one way or the other. But [there are] 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,” he added.
This doesn’t mean that the outcome of the war will be unimportant. The Necromancer (also voiced by Cumberbatch)—who goes on to become Sauron, the ultimate baddie in the LOTR trilogy—is featured in the film, while Gandalf and the White Council set out to banish him. “It’s a very dangerous victory,” noted screenwriter Philippa Boyens. “[The Battle of the Five Armies is] moving toward the darkness of The Lord of the Rings. It has some pretty intense drama and gives actors a chance to sink their teeth into some of the stuff.”
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will arrive in theaters on Dec. 17.
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