‘Hobbit: Five Armies’ banner captures Middle-earth in widescreen

Sept. 16, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

A massive new poster for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” depicts the ambitious scope of Peter Jackson’s upcoming Middle-earth film, the final installment in the writer-director’s latest trilogy based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The striking tapestry includes not only Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen’s wizard Gandalf, but also nearly all of the key characters — including Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves; elves Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Thranduil (Lee Pace); even Benedict Cumberbatch’s dragon Smaug.

Click through the gallery above to see portions of the image — click here for the full, scrollable view.

Set to open Dec. 17, the film enjoyed a high-profile presence at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, 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, “The Desolation of Smaug.”

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 Cumberbatch, Pace, Bloom and Lilly, along with Galadriel actress Cate Blanchett, Bard the Bowman actor Luke Evans and franchise mainstay Andy Serkis, among others.

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.”

In a separate interview with Hero Complex late last year, Armitage praised Jackson’s technique as a director, saying, “very, very rarely did Peter tell me something I didn’t agree with, and if I didn’t agree with him, it was usually because I was wrong. He changed me as an actor because of the way he guided me as a director …. He made me fight like I’ve never fought before.”

Are you excited to see “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”? What do you think of the new tapestry?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre and Josh Rottenberg

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One Response to ‘Hobbit: Five Armies’ banner captures Middle-earth in widescreen

  1. Ann Marie says:

    Its a great poster. But I think it gives a lot of the movie away.

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