'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug': Peter Jackson Planning Simulcast Event for Fans

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The second entry of Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved prequel to Lord of the Rings hits theaters this December, and based on its newest trailer and TV spotThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug aims to give fans a strong continuation of Bilbo's (Martin Freeman) unexpected journey, which was completely underway by the end of last year's opening chapter.

Writer-director Peter Jackson has always been eager to embrace his fans, offering ongoing video journals from behind the scenes of the original trilogy as well as the production of The Hobbit, and now it's been announced that a "global fan event" will simulcast around the world to preview new footage from The Desolation of Smaug.

Hero Complex brings us details of the event, which will kick off on Monday, November 4th. Theaters in different cities will be linked by satellite to screen the footage followed by a Q&A with the audience. In New York, CNN's Anderson Cooper will host the event, with Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom live in attendance. Lee Pace (King Thranduil), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) will be present for the event in London, Evangeline Lilly will appear in Los Angeles, while Jackson himself will be beamed via satellite from the event's location in Wellington, New Zealand.

Find a full list of participating theaters at TheHobbit.comas well as more information on the movie's Facebook page. In addition to the live screening and Q&A's, audiences in other places will be able to engage:

Audiences in Brussels, Hamburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Toronto will be able to buy tickets to watch the footage and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online. (The online version will include an edited version of the new footage from the film.)

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The Desolation of Smaug will introduce new faces - such as Evangeline Lilly's elf warrior Tauriel - as well as An Unexpected Journey's returning gang: the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan), who essentially dragged Bilbo along on his quest to assist dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his party as they attempt to retake the Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). They will also cross paths with a familiar face from LOTR on the way in the form of the elf archer Legolas, once again played by Orlando Bloom.

As generous as Peter Jackson has been with his fans in the past, the scope of this event rivals that of the simulcast of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special. While public awareness of The Desolation of Smaug has increased as Warner Brothers shifted its focus from it's Superman reboot Man of Steel onto this other crucial franchise, this global event is an ambitious undertaking, and a fine way to whet the fans' appetite for the official release as well as introduce the new cast members with those returning from The Unexpected Journey.

Will you be near any of the cities where the event will be simulcast, Screen Ranters? Will you be attending?


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open in theaters on December 14th, 2013, before the trilogy concludes with The Hobbit: There and Back Againarriving in theaters on December 17th, 2014.

Source: Hero Complex

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