Heads up Hobbit fans! Time to comb your hobbit feet, sharpen your elf ears and buff your wizard staff for the fine folk at Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures have a treat and half for you.
Gearing up for the December 13, 2013, release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), fans will get a chance to see new cast members joining the highly anticipated second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, including Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans, as part of a global fan celebration to be held on Monday, November 4, at 5:00pm EST / 10.00pm UK, and simultaneous times around the world.
At each of the satellite-linked cinemas in four host cities—Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington—Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team will gather with fans to show exclusive footage from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and answer questions in front of a live audience, as well as offer a few surprises.
London will be hosted by Edith Bowman and attending cast will include new cast member Lee Pace, the film’s Elf King Thranduil; Luke Evans, who joins the cast as Bard the Bowman; and Andy Serkis, a member of Jackson’s filmmaking team and the first film’s Gollum.
CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, who will be the special host for the entire event, based in New York, where he will welcomeRichard Armitage, the film’s Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who returns to the role of Legolas from “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy.
Evangeline Lilly, who joins the cast as a new Elf warrior, Tauriel, will be based in Los Angeles.
Peter Jackson will join the celebration from Wellington, New Zealand (where it will be Wednesday, November 5, at 11:00am).
Each cinema will be connected by satellite, allowing audiences to participate in a simultaneous Q&A among participants in all four host locations. Additionally, in cities across the globe—including Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Sydney, Australia, and Toronto, Canada—fans will be invited to gather at select cinemas to be among the first to see the extended footage debut and watch the festivities unfold live.
The event will also be streamed live online so that anyone with an internet connection can join the celebration at home or at viewing parties among friends, though the online simulcast will feature an edited version of the extended footage debut.
For a chance to attend this very special event, keep an eye on The Hobbit Facebook page and we understand that those who attend in costume could be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is out in cinemas on 13th December 2013 from Warner Bros.Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.