The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-PosterLast month, Warner Bros. brought us a rather awesome first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, giving us our first good look at our return to Middle-earth at the end of the year.

Throughout the original production, Peter Jackson has been very generous in sharing a behind-the-scenes look on filming and all sorts. And now he’s back on Facebook with the eleventh video diary in the series, in which he also announces that the film won’t be heading to Comic-Con this year.

Jackson says that he’s currently so focused on making the next two instalments as good as they can possibly be, with shooting still taking place, that putting together something worthy of Comic-Con just simply wouldn’t have been feasible. And, at the end of the day, the film is naturally what matters most.

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit”, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Martin Freeman will be back as the young Bilbo Baggins, starring alongside another terrific ensemble, led by Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, and many more.

Jackson is directing from a script he co-wrote with past collaborators Fran Walsh and Phillippa Boyens.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released in 3D and HFR 3D on December 13th in the US and UK. The trilogy will then conclude a year later with The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 17th, 2014. We’ve still got a while to wait before the second instalment hits, so here’s the latest production video to enjoy in the meantime.

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