The first teaser trailer premiered at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with a full trailer now circulating the web.
The story is to pick up after Benedict Cumberbatch’s fire-breathing dragon Smaug’s promise to rain destruction upon the citizens of Lake-town with his chilling parting words: “I am fire, I am death.” The film promises to be a race against preventing total ruin with both Smaug and the Dark Lord Sauron thrown into the fray. Tolkien’s batch of different races—from Elves to Men—are then forced to choose to either keep fighting amongst themselves or join forces to save Middle Earth.
The last two “Hobbit” films were nominated for several technical Oscars, but does “The Battle of the Five Armies” have what it takes to go above and beyond for best picture? It certainly won’t easy, considering films of the high fantasy genre (much like horror and comedy) aren’t usual contenders. But it’s not impossible, considering the Best Picture win for “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” which currently holds the record for nabbing 10 other Oscars in 2003. However, this year’s Best Picture race also includes films like Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” and David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will hit theaters in the U.K. December 12 and U.S. December 17.
Check out the trailer below: