Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, left, and Lee Pace as Thranduil in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
Orlando Bloom as Legolas in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
Luke Evans as Bard in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
A scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)Link
J.R.R. Tolkien fans who can’t attend today’s global celebration for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” can watch the satellite transmission right here on Hero Complex, using the live stream video below.
The event is set for 2 p.m. PST, with director Peter Jackson and several cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand, to screen scenes from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience.
Audiences in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Toronto, Hamburg, Germany; and Sydney, Australia will be able to buy tickets to watch the scenes and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online, in the video below, though with an edited version of the scenes from the film.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the event from New York, where actors Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who is set to reprise his “Lord of the Rings” role as Legolas Greenleaf, are set to appear.
The London screening will host Lee Pace (the Elf King Thranduil), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) and Andy Serkis, Gollum performer and second-unit director. Jackson will be beamed in from New Zealand.
Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel, a new elf created for the film, will attend the event in L.A. In “Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in Jackson’s planned “Hobbit” trilogy, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the company of dwarfs encounter Tauriel in the dark forest Mirkwood.
“She had to be a bit more gritty, a bit more passionate than what you’d seen before,” Lilly said of her character. “It was actually great to have that little bit of freedom to play with her and not have my performance from beginning to end be stoic and ethereal.”
Stay tuned to Hero Complex for updates from the Los Angeles event.
– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre
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