Treasure is a mighty influencer. And with so much of it available after the fall of Smaug, everyone — the dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, the Wood Elves led by Thranduil and the Men of Long Lake led by Bard — are willing to scrap alliances for a piece of it in Peter Jackson’s final installment to his Hobbit saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Also making an appearance in the melee are the Eagles of the Misty Mountains, the Shape Shifters and the armies of the Goblins and Wargs. Since the trailer is light on specifics, we’ll just have to wait for December to see how they’re going to come together (Jackson won’t necessarily remain faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien’s source). Don’t worry, I can’t imagine it not being a visual treat. See the start of the things to come above.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide — unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies unites Middle-earth in US theaters on December 17, 2014 and UK theaters on December 12, 2014.