I am Rogue
October 17, 2013
A banner that’s so large as to be impractical is here to remind everyone that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming this December.
Summer’s been over long enough that the fall and winter event movies are jostling for attention. This latest banner is basically throwing elbows, shoving aside the gods of thunder, anchormen, ronin, tributes, and Jack Ryans vying for your event movie dollar over the next few months.
In addition to the mega-banner, Warner Bros. also unveiled a more comprehensive story synopsis of the second installment in this trilogy. The full press release might just provide a bit of clarification on just who will appear this time out. It’s been a question whether Cate Blanchett would show up here, having reprised her Lord of the Rings role as Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Blanchett, along with Christopher Lee and fellow Elf Hugo Weaving, isn’t included on the list. Her omission from the official cast list suggests that Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Lee Pace will rep the Elves properly without Blanchett or Weaving.
All three of those actors appear on this banner, between Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey and Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Rounding it out are Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, and Dean O’Gorman as the Dwarves Thorin Oakenshield, Kili, and Fili, along with Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, a human.
Since I already mentioned the new synopsis, it’s only fair to share the bit that actually applies to the story, with a tip of the hat to the good folks at The One Ring:
Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all — a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself — the Dragon Smaug.
Don’t worry about the apparent lack of Blanchett, Weaving, and Lee, because The Desolation of Smaug still features the likes of John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt,Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and even Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives in 2D, 3D, and high framerate 3D on December 13th.