The first teaser trailer for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the sure-to-be-epic conclusion of Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy, was released Tuesday, tweeted out by the film's account and promptly retweeted by Gandalf himself, Ian McKellen.
And what can we possibly say about the 1-minute, 57-second sneak peek? The battle sequences look unbelievable; Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom make for a beautiful trio of elves; Gandalf the Grey is one of the more reassuring presences ever to grace the big screen; Luke Evans' Bard is as commanding as ever; and it's so nice to see Martin Freeman back in Bilbo mode after having had extremely mixed feelings about him in "Fargo."
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Freeman was the notable missing presence at the film's Comic-Con 2014 presentation over the weekend -- but Stephen Colbert, dressed in full hobbit regalia, moderating a panel that included Jackson, Lilly, Bloom, Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis and Lee Pace certainly helped mitigate the situation.
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" swoops into theaters in 3-D and IMAX on Dec. 17, the perfect multifaceted package to unwrap for the holidays.