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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug Footage Reveals Tauriel, The Master of Laketown And More

We were on hand last Sunday to bring you every minute of Peter Jackson's Desolation of Smaug lifestream event, in which the infinitely likable director unveiled the first behind-the-scenes footage and scene from the upcoming installment of the Hobbit trilogy. The full event remains limited to those who watched it live, but now you can see this six-minute tidbit, including much of the exciting behind-the-scenes footage he showed off.

Happily this clip includes one of the live stream's best moments, when renowned Hobbit geek and famous person Stephen Colbert submitted a video with a ridiculously arcane question about elves. Unfortunately more than a full minute of these six minutes is taken up with Jackson's response about the free mugs given out to guests on The Colbert Report. But between Billy Boyd's quite-possibly-staged question about other lands of Middle Earth-- which allows Jackson to show off some concept art-- and the early question that includes behind-the-scenes footage, there's still plenty to look at.

Now that you've got your first look at Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly as the newly added elf Tauriel and Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown, what do you think? Or will you be waiting to see them with all the proper effects in place to be able to judge? Jackson promised during the livestream that the first trailer for Desolation of Smaug would be in theaters at some point this summer, so you'll have to wait a few more months before your first big glimpse… and possibly even longer for the sight of that dragon, which Jackson seems dead-set on keeping secret for now. All will be revealed at last when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes to theaters on December 13 this year.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend