Peter Jackson's First Behind-the-Scenes 'Desolation of Smaug' Tease

April 1, 2013
Source: YouTube

The Desolation of Smaug Teaser

Don't get too excited, this isn't a teaser trailer, and doesn't show much footage, but is worth a watch if you're a Tolkien fan. A few weeks ago, Peter Jackson hosted a Blu-Ray online promo event where they revealed some footage from the next two films. The footage wasn't finished and we won't see an actual trailer until the summer, but Jackson has now released a YouTube Q&A video spliced in with some of the new footage. Stephen Colbert makes a special appearance, and there's a quick glimpse of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel as well. "Warner Bros have kindly let me post a six-minute excerpt of the Live Event we did to preview The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, to give anyone who missed it a sense of what it was like." Have fun!

Here's the very first tease of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, from his YouTube:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 13th.

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  • Ayotunde Afolabi
    Did anyone else see the Star Wars Doc/Treatment/Script at 4:49?! I wasn't aware he was involved in the new trilogy...have I missed something?
    • Shayan
      April Fool's Joke
      • Ayotunde Afolabi
        I stand embarrassed haha. Considering the pranks I myself have executed today, should'a seen that coming...alas, I am a fanboy. Well played Mr Jackson.
        • David Banner
          No worries, I fooled a dozen people with Jackson's little joke. Been getting angry SMS' in return when they figure it out :)
          • Ayotunde Afolabi
            Hahah, brilliant. Although a little much, I can empathise with the feeling of anger lol
  • Vj24601
    "A few weeks ago, Peter Jackson hosted a Blu-Ray online promo event where they revealed some footage from the next two films." Hope you weren't smoking that Gandalf ganja. The promo event was only a week ago, not a few weeks ago.
    • Linkfx
      Mincing words
    • Linkfx
      Dude was this really worth a comment?
    • Alex Billington
      Ahh it felt like weeks ago! My apologies for the confusion. It was a very lackluster event... even the footage wasn't that exciting. And this (above) isn't even all of the footage they showed either. It was just a very odd "didn't know this was occurring" promo that was forgotten so quick it felt like it happened more than a week ago.
    Can't. Wait.
  • hi hello
    great acting skillz on the script reveal :)
  • Bob
    lol @ stephen colbert




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