A rhetorical question to be sure. I know the answer: OF BLOODY COURSE WE WILL!
The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived, about five hours earlier than previously announced and still five months ahead of the December 17 release date, but of course the film was a HUGE part of Warner Brothers’ Comic Con presence and some footage was teased then (as well as on the official FB page), so this is for the rest of us. Huzzah! A new poster has accompanied it, as well.
The trailer calls the movie “the defining chapter of the Middle-Earth Saga,” presumably as a way to get you to splash out for a ticket to the 3rd movie based on a single book. It begins with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) setting the stage for the final battle by ominously intoning that future generations will “remember the good, the bad, those who survived, and those who didn’t.”
Take a look at the first two-minute teaser:
This first look provides snippets of battle preparations by the five armies, several fast-paced fight scenes, a lot of Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman and concludes with Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield asking, “Will you follow me one last time?”
That last line is no doubt designed to tug at our fond remembrances for the five films that came before this one…and make us sad (in advance) that this is the final chapter. And it worked.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, written and directed by the incomparable Peter Jackson stars Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Graham McTavish, Lee Pace, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly, Sylvester McCoy and many, many more, opens in the UK on 12th December and in the US on December 17.