‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ trailer brings war to Middle-earth

July 28, 2014 | 2:14 p.m.
Ian McKellen  and Luke Evans in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."  (Mark Pokorny /Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen and Luke Evans in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” (Mark Pokorny /Warner Bros.)

The first official teaser trailer has arrived for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the film that will bring to a close Bilbo Baggins’ journey and mark the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s years-long cinematic exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth.

Set to open Dec. 17, the film enjoyed a high-profile presence at San Diego’s Comic-Con International this past weekend, where Comedy Central host and massive Tolkien nerd Stephen Colbert was on hand to moderate the Hall H presentation devoted to the series, dressed head to toe in the Lake-town garb he wore in his brief cameo in the last “Hobbit” film.

Joining Colbert and Jackson on the stage were a full assortment of familiar faces from both the “Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” films, including Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom, along with longtime Jackson collaborator Philippa Boyens.

Bilbo actor Martin Freeman was unable to attend.

Offering a selection of footage — including the new teaser and a blooper reel — from the final “Hobbit” installment, Jackson promised that the “The Battle of Five Armies” will offer both sweeping action and a heartstring-tugging wallop.

“There’s a lot of sadness and tragedy,” the director told the crowd. “It’s always good when you can kill off some main characters, as a filmmaker. It’s a chance to do something ugly, powerful and emotional.”

What do you think of the new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre and Josh Rottenberg

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