Despite the information given to us in the synopsis, Smaug is nowhere to be found in the trailer. However, we do get to see Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Aidan Turner as Kili, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and much more.
The main focal point of the trailer seems to be the massive CGI armies stomping towards the Lonely Mountain.
Both An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug have garnered mixed reviews, compared to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy which received mostly positive reviews. The Return of the King even won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
An Unexpected Journey grossed over $1 billion worldwide, with Desolation of Smaug grossing over $900 million.
Here is the official synopsis.
Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-Earth hangs in the balance.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes to theaters on December 17, 2014.