‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug': Peter Jackson plans fan celebration

Oct. 25, 2013 | 2:48 p.m.
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Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” director Peter Jackson has announced plans to preview footage from the new film at a “global fan celebration” that will be simulcast in theaters and feature interviews with cast members including Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans.

The event will take place Monday, Nov. 4, with Jackson and cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington to screen footage from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the event from New York, where actors Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Bloom, who is set to reprise his “Lord of the Rings” role as Legolas Greenleaf, are set to appear.

Lilly, who plays a new elf named Tauriel created for the film, will attend the event in L.A. London will host Pace (the Elf King Thranduil), Evans (Bard the Bowman) and Andy Serkis, Gollum performer and second-unit director.

Jackson will be beamed in from New Zealand.

Audiences in Brussels, Hamburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Toronto will be able to buy tickets to watch the footage and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online. (The online version will include an edited version of the new footage from the film.)

“The Desolation of Smaug” is Part 2 in Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy, and the film picks up where last year’s box-office hit “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” left off, with hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Thorin’s company continuing on their quest to help the dwarfs reclaim the treasure buried under the Lonely Mountain.

Like its predecessor, “The Desolation of Smaug” was shot in 3-D at 48 frames per second and will be released in 2-D, High Frame Rate 3-D, other 3-D formats and IMAX.

Check out stills from the film in the gallery above.

Details on locations, timing and how to sign up for a chance to join one of the many simultaneous events can be found at TheHobbit.com and on Facebook and Twitter (Twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie), under the global hashtag #hobbitfanevent.

– Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark

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