THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is the sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, follow the journey through Mirkwood, Laketown, and into Smaug’s Lair. It is the second part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien, and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings, returns as director of the film and also serves as producer and co-writer. The three epic fantasy-adventure films are, by subtitle, An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and There and Back Again (2014).
The Storyline continue the adventure of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Middle-earth veterans Freeman, McKellen, Armitage, Andy Serkis (Gollum), Christopher Lee (Saruman the White), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Necromancer / Smaug), Lee Pace (King Tranduil), and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) joined by the likes of Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) as Tauriel, Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as the Master of Laketown, and Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World) as Beorn.