‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ Premiere Date Announced By Cast [Video]

The much-anticipate premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been announced on Wednesday. In a video, Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and some of his friends, invite fans to join the cast and crew one last time to witness what director Peter Jackson has dubbed “The Final Chapter.”

Fans have waited for the conclusion to Jackson’s trilogy for three years (some for many more), and it is finally taking shape. McKellen, along with Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit), and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) shared the news of the awaited event. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies premiere will take place on Monday, December 1 at London’s Leicester Square, which has become synonymous with red carpet events.

The video invitation shows some scenes from what promises to be an epic conclusion to the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale. In the previous installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug viewers were left at a crossroads, as things turned bleak for the company of dwarves — led by Thorin Oakenshield — after they arrive at their long lost home of Erebor.

There lies the feared dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), who has been guarding the treasure buried in the Misty Mountains and its awakening will bring death and destruction to the residents of Laketown. There lives Bard, the Bowman, a dragon slayer who has lost much at the hands of the evil beast, but is the only hope to destroy it forever.

McKellen explains that with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the 14-year-old tale that began with The Lord of the Rings trilogy is coming to an end, and Jackson is bringing us one his most epic films. Bloom said that the entire cast and collaborators of previous films in the franchise will be present for the awaited premiere.

Luke Evans announced that the event will be available on live stream for those who are unable to attend the premiere in London, while Richard Armitage said that there will be chances to win tickets to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies premiere on movie’s official Facebook page.

“Follow us, one last time,” he adds.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in the U.S. on December 17. Are you excited?

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