A worldwide fan event for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is set for November 4, 2013. Fans will get a chance to meet new stars joining the trilogy and will catch an exclusive first look at the film! Director Peter Jackson and members of his cast and filming team will also answer questions in front of a live audience (and there will be a few surprises as well)!
This worldwide Hobbit fan event will take place on Monday, November 4th at 5:00 PM EST. The event will take place in four host cities — Los Angeles, New York, London, Wellington— and will also be streamed online.
Here is information on members of the cast or filming team that will be in each location…
- New York: Richard Armitage/Thorin Oakenshield and Orlando Bloom/Legolas
- Los Angeles: Evangeline Lilly/Tauriel
- London: Lee Pace/ Thranduil, Luke Evans/Bard the Bowman and Andy Serkis/Gollum
- Wellington: Peter Jackson/Director
… and here are the locations!
NEW YORK – AMC Lincoln Square
Featuring special host Anderson Cooper and cast members Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom
LOS ANGELES – Pacific Theatres at the Grove
Featuring cast member Evangeline Lilly
LONDON – Odeon West End
Featuring cast members Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace and Luke Evans
WELLINGTON – Embassy Theater
Featuring director Peter Jackson
Other participating theaters:
TORONTO – Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
MIAMI, FLORIDA – Dolphin Theater
PARIS, FRANCE – Max Linder Panorama, Paris
ROME, ITALY – The Space Cinema Moderno
HAMBURG, GERMANY – Cinemaxx Hamburg Dammtor
BELGIUM, BRUSSELS – Kinepolis Brussels
MADRID, SPAIN – KINEPOLIS
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Cinepolis, Mexico City
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Hoyts Broadway
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer and More Info
CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, who serves as special host for the entire event, will be based in New York, where he will welcome Richard Armitage, the filmâ€™s Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who returns to the role of Legolas from â€œThe Lord of the Ringsâ€ Trilogy. Evangeline Lilly, who joins the cast as a new Elf warrior, Tauriel, will be based in Los Angeles. London will host new cast member Lee Pace, the filmâ€™s Elf King Thranduil; Luke Evans, who joins the cast as Bard the Bowman; and Andy Serkis, a member of Jacksonâ€™s filmmaking team and the first filmâ€™s Gollum. Peter Jackson will join the celebration from Wellington, New Zealand (where it will be Tuesday, November 5, at 11:00 am).
Each cinema will be connected by satellite, allowing audiences to participate in a simultaneous Q&A among participants in all four host locations. Additionally, in cities across the globeâ€”including Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Sydney, Australia; and Toronto, Canadaâ€”fans will be invited to gather at select cinemas to be among the first to see the extended footage debut and watch the festivities unfold live. The event will also be streamed live online so that anyone with an internet connection can join the celebration at home or at viewing parties among friends, though the online simulcast will feature an edited version of the extended footage debut.
Details on locations, timing and how to sign up for a chance to join one of the many simultaneous events can be found at the filmâ€™s official site (TheHobbit.com) and on Facebook (facebook.com/TheHobbitMovie) and Twitter (Twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie), under the global hashtag #hobbitfanevent.
From Academy AwardÂ®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,â€ the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before â€œThe Lord of the Rings,â€ which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the OscarÂ®-winning â€œThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.â€
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean Oâ€™Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
The screenplay for â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugâ€ is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, editor Jabez Olssen, and hair and makeup designer Peter Swords King. The costumes are designed by Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor. Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital is taking on the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. The visual effects supervisor is Eric Saindon, with David Clayton and Eric Reynolds serving as animation supervisors.
Under Jacksonâ€™s direction, â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugâ€ was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAXÂ®. Production took place at Jacksonâ€™s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.â€ â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugâ€ is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.