This week was a whirlwind for some of the biggest fandoms in pop-culture history.
The week started off great, as Tolkienites (or Tolkien fans), were treated to a live fan event by The Hobbit director, Peter Jackson, along with some of the actors from the upcoming second part to The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug.The cast included: Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Orlando Bloom (Legolas Greenleaf), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Evangeline Lily (Tauriel), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Jed Brophy (Nori). The live evnt was international, held in cities across the world (Los Angeles (USA), New York (USA), London (UK), and Wellington (NZ)), and streamed online.
The first hour of the event featured a greeting from Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) who couldn’t make it to the event, a new vlog of the movie’s production diaries that takes behind-the-scenes looks at the film’s progress, a Q&A session (taking questions from the fans live and from Twitter), and a new extended trailer for the movie (it was pretty epic!)
Then the live stream was done after an hour and the fans at the actual event got really lucky; they got to have a sneak peek at 20 minutes’ worth of the movie’s material, and they also were the first ones to hear I See Fire, the end credits song composed by English music sensation, Ed Sheeran. The singer announced his involvement in the song via Twitter, and the song became viral within a few minutes of release.
The Desolation of Smaug will premiere in most cinemas worldwide on December 13.
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More to come in parts 2 and so on!
New featurette sponsored by Denny’s reveals Beorn’s house!
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