Even though we're only just starting off the month of October, New Line is getting the jump on the 2013 Winter movie season by reminding mass audiences right now that part two of their Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, arrives in theaters this December.
Only two days after making the second trailer available online, a pair of TV spots have become available as well, both of which can be seen in the above playlist.
Following the events of the first picture, The Desolation of Smaug continues the hero's journey of one Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he and his Dwarven amigos sally forth and make their way toward the kingdom of Erebor. As ever, danger abounds on each path their enterprise places them on: spooky, haunted forests, malicious spiders, disdainful and untrustworthy Elves, the usual accompaniment of Orcs, and even a town of Men who would much prefer that Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his fellows stay well away from the Lonely Mountain - and the dragon that has made it his dwelling.
As if the company didn't have a tough enough challenge waiting for them at the end of their travels. Questing in Middle Earth ain't easy - the Lord of the Rings trilogy makes that abundantly clear - so chalk up the roadblocks here as par for the course, and expect a few more to pop up along the way.
Not for nothing, but neither spot does much of anything to expand on what Desolation of Smaug footage we've already seen in each trailer. The barrel sequence appears to be something of a centerpiece for the film, as it's part of just about every single piece of promo material released to date; we get the same moments involving Thranduil (Lee Pace), Elven ruler of northern Mirkwood; we have Legolas (Orlando Bloom) back for more adventure, preceeding his involvement in the Rings movies; and finally we see Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Elven warrior and love interest for Legolas.
If anything's really different here, it's that we see much less of Smaug - probably a wise move since he's the Big FX Bad and may be best-revealed in full theatrical splendor. He's teased well enough, courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch's dulcet tones, and the clips make shrewd hints as to what the series' built-in audience can expect from this go-round.
However, one has to wonder if The Hobbit series will enjoy the same increasing returns per entry as the Rings franchise did...
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug begins its US theatrical run December 13th, 2013.
Source: Warner Bros.