Peter Jackson has presented a range of special features from the forthcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at a surprise presentation over the weekend.
Joined by stars Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan, Jackson showed off new concept art, behind-the-scenes video, and a scene from the film.
JoBlo is reporting that the director showed off art of Elvish stronghold of Thranduil’s realm in Mirkwood as well as some set footage of Legolas (Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). The New Zealander said: “We’re quite excited about the storyline we have created for Tauriel. As you can see, she’s not an Elf Guard to be messed with. Also, we really needed some female characters in these movies. There are like, almost none.”
Jackson also showed some behind-the-scenes footage of Lake Town where we see the town’s master (Fry) and the heroic Bard the Bowman (Evans).
Fans were then shown a new scene from the film where Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy) investigate Dol Goldur.
Finally, the director confirmed that the first trailer is due out this summer.