The second part of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit“ trilogy has opened in Los Angeles.
Based on J R R Tolkien’s 1937 classic novel, the movie is the New Zealand director’s second trilogy project after the successful “Lord of the Rings” saga.
Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman and Evangeline Lilly are all back in their respective roles for this much anticipated sequel.
“You know, the good thing with the second movie is that you don’t have to introduce characters, we just drop straight into the last film. Essentially we are able to put the gas on. It’s the chapter in which everything gets more complicated. More danger and more excitement basically,” said Peter Jackson.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit, the thirteen dwarves and Gandalf the wizard in their quest to capture the dragon Smaug.
Martin Freeman plays the Hobbit:
“I think what the Hobbit and Middle Earth kind of deals in are quite universal timeless themes – of honour and love and friendship and loyalty and bravery and integrity. They are things that do resonate with people of all ages, really,” said Freeman.
The first Hobbit film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office hit. It was 2012’s fourth most successful film and continued the phenomenal returns of the Lord of the Rings franchise.
The series will conclude next year with “There and Back Again”.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is on worldwide release from December 11.