Warner Bros and New Line Cinema released the new (and three-minute long) trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and truly, the tales and songs fall utterly short of its enormity. Smaug, for the uninitiated, is one of the last great dragons of Middle-earth in the Hobbit universe. He blew into the town of Dale about a century and a half ago to nab some gold for its bed in the unfurnished, unique fixer-up, the Lonely Mountain.
The new trailer is darker than the tone set for last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, until the Hobbit is invited into the light. It looks like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be spectacular in scope, even if some of the CGI effects look a little forced, and heavily packed with action. We knew we’d get dragons this time around, but now we’re promised a Giant Spider Invasion that’ll creep out plenty of kids. We know that we’ve seen them before, but…damn.
As always, we have Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf and the thirteen Dwarves of the Kingdom of Erebor seeking to reclaim their home and stop an evil that grows with every victory. The new trailer features Evangeline Lilly, who is playing the elf warrior Tauriel, who you might not recognize from JRR Tolkien’s novel. Bilbo Baggins is played by Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen inhabits Gandalf and Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas. Smaug–the dragon who was just played by Monty Burns on last week’s couch gag on The Simpsons–will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. He doesn’t show up until the end of the trailer. The new trailer also features Luke Evans, who wasn’t in the first installment.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is directed by Peter Jackson. The second film in The Hobbit trilogy opens in theaters on December 13.