Peter Jackson builds anticipation for his movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with the release of its first teaser poster. First revealed on Facebook, the image features Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, standing all by himself near the eerie entrance to the Lonely Mountain.
The poster itself is debuted ahead of the premiere of the Warner Bros film's first trailer, which is scheduled to make its way out online on Tuesday, June 11. Without any glimpse of the Smaug featured in the teaser pic, fans surely will look forward to the appearance from the villain, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, in the upcoming promo video.
The second film in "Hobbit" film series follows the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf who have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains. With Bilbo already gaining the One Ring, they all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.
Ian McKellen, Sylvester McCoy, Elijah Wood, Lee Pace and Richard Armitage are some of original cast returning to the upcoming film for their respective roles. Welsh actor Luke Evans and Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly are introduced as the Laketown warrior Bard the Bowman and the elf Tauriel respectively.
Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel, "Desolation of Smaug" will open in the United States on December 13.