Unfolding immediately after the events of the previous film, The Desolation Of Smaug, the third and final installment of the trilogy chronicles Smaug’s assault on Laketown and the subsequent battle involving five armies assembled from the various races of Middle-earth. While this portion of the story in Tolkien’s original novel was relatively brief, it’s clear that Jackson has found fertile ground for expanding the saga of Bilbo Baggins’ adventure with this particular plot point.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies hits theaters December 17, 2014, and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and a long list of other notable actors playing new and returning characters from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings franchises.
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