Warner Bros. have released the first poster for Peter Jackson’s third and final instalment in The Hobbit franchise, The Battle of the Five Armies, a movie that they’re calling “The Defining Chapter”.

In the poster, we see Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) preparing to destroy Laketown, the location he set off for at the end of the last movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. With Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves still on the Lonely Mountain, only one person stands in the dragon’s way; Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans).

The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will likely premiere at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, and should be online shortly after, so stay tuned to HeyUGuys for that.

The movie is set to be released on December 12th. Click on the poster below for the full-size version.

Hobbit 3 Poster

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom.