The rechristened The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is the final film in the (unexpected) Hobbit trilogy, and arguably the most eagerly anticipated, what with the epic battles, dragons and the necromancer, and – with any luck – aerial dogfights, as director Peter Jackson has hinted at before. Now, stoking the flames of excitement, are a new still from the film featuring Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
Those who haven't read the book will have already worked out that there's a rather large brawl on the horizon, especially with the ending of the second film seeing everyone's favourite wild wyrm Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) about to turn Lake-town and it's inhabitants into toast. For more spoiler details, if you can call them that, read on.
Spoilers for non-readers follow!
The Battle Of The Five Armies, of course, sees goblins and wargs face-off against dwarves, elves, men and giant eagles in a quest to gain control of Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and Smaug's treasures within. In the book, Bilbo spends much of the conflict unconscious – we wonder whether that will still be the case onscreen? One change this time should see the orcs being led by the Necromancer (also Benedict Cumberbatch), making them even more formidable.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will hit cinemas on 12 December 2014, starring, as ever, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt and many more.