‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’: See it early with Ian McKellen

Dec. 02, 2013 | 1:33 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.)

Attention East Coast Hero Complex readers! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be heading to Manhattan to bring you a special free preview screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” director Peter Jackson’s anticipated second installment in his latest trilogy of films based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

What’s more, star Ian McKellen will be on hand for a Q&A to discuss his iconic portrayal of the wizard Gandalf.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which opens in theaters Dec. 13, sees Bilbo Baggins (Martin 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 (Benedict 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 Hero Complex screening of the film, presented in IMAX 3D, is set to take place Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at New York’s AMC 34th Street 14 & IMAX.

To RSVP for the event, click here beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST — 6 a.m. PST.

Be warned, seats will go fast.

To find out first about upcoming films that will be featured in the Hero Complex Screening Series, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex.

And check back soon for a live stream of the Los Angeles premiere of “The Desolation of Smaug,” which will begin in just a few hours.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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