‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ premiere: Watch red carpet live at 6 p.m.

Dec. 02, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, left, and Lee Pace as Thranduil in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and more stars of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are expected to walk the red carpet this evening at the film’s Los Angeles premiere.

Can’t be at the Dolby Theater tonight? Tune in to the live video stream here on Hero Complex, beginning at 6 p.m. PST.

“The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Dec. 13, is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie sees Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) continue along on his journey to assist the company of dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim their lands and the treasure now hoarded by the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first character wholly invented for one of Jackson’s Tolkien movies.

The film also stars Bloom, who reprises his Legolas role from “The Lord of the Rings” films, and Ian McKellen, who returns as wizard Gandalf the Grey.

In addition to Freeman, Cumberbatch, Bloom, Armitage, Lilly and Jackson, actors Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown), William Kircher (Bifur), Manu Bennett (Azog), John Bell (Bain) and Ryan Gage (Alfrid) are slated to walk the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere. Composer composer Howard Shore and writers and producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are also expected to be in attendance.

[UPDATE: For complete red carpet coverage, go to "‘The Hobbit’ premiere: Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans talk Smaug."]

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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