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First Behind-the-Scene Look at 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

April 2, 2013 (8:23 am) GMT
Peter Jackson posts a six-minute excerpt of the 'Hobbit' livestream event, introducing Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman and Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.

Peter Jackson is offering the first look at "". Fans, who could not participate in a livestream event exclusively for the purchasers of "" Blu-ray, can now watch the six-minute excerpt of the March 23 event via a YouTube video.

During the event, Peter showed some clips, behind-the-scene footage and concept art, as well as took some questions. The lifelong Tolkien fan, , even made an appearance to ask the New Zealand filmmaker an incredibly in-depth question about the elves of Mirkwood.

The sneak peek also includes behind-the-scene look at newcomers in the second installment of "The Hobbit" film series. Joining the original cast members such as and are Welsh actor as the Laketown warrior Bard the Bowman and Canadian actress as the elf Tauriel.

In addition to posting the excerpt, Peter announced on April 1 that editing on the third film, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again", would start next week. "A lot of that movie was shot nearly a year ago, so I'm looking forward to seeing it come alive, shot by shot in the cutting room. It's like assembling one of those complex 2000-piece jigsaw puzzles," he wrote on Facebook.

"The Desolation of Smaug" is set to hit U.S. theaters on December 13, while "There and Back Again" will be released on July 18, 2014.



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