Fans of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies rejoice! More stills of the Peter Jackson production have surfaced online, and this is making everyone very excited for the upcoming Saturday panel at San Diego Comic Con.
After an extended very quiet time, during which the only news we had was that the movie had changed titles from The Hobbit: There And Back Again to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we are suddenly getting new photos on a daily basis. It started with a new still showing Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) looking at what we think is Smaug descending upon Lake-Town.
Entertainment Weekly Comic Con edition published the new photos in anticipation of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies panel that will take place on Saturday. Peter Jackson and some other crew and cast members are expected to spend time answering fan questions and we can possibly see some footage of the last installment of the trilogy.
The latest photos, which come in the heels of the presentation of the first poster — courtesy of Jackson’s Facebook Page — show Bard, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), and Thranduil (Lee Pace) in different scenes of the film.
Bard — who is seen walking through a line of Elves — and Thranduil seem to be in a ruined Lake-Town, following what we believe is the return of Smaug the Dragon (Benedict Cumberbath), who was awaken when the dwarves — led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) — finally reached their home of Erebor, in the Lonely Mountain, and unleashed the beast. Now, Bard is forced to face the evil monster once again, which is depicted in the stunning poster released by Jackson on Wednesday.
Jackson has promised a new trailer for October, but that seems like an awful long time to wait for more clips and photos from MGM. The director has been producing video blogs, chronicling his adventures in New Zealand, where The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was filmed, along with its two predecessors. We haven’t seen one in a long while, however he promised at last year’s Comic Con that we could expect at least one last vlog — as he calls them — and hopefully we get to see some of that footage on Saturday.
[Images via MGM and thehobbit2.org]