Release date: December 13, 2013 (USA)
Director: Peter Jackson
Prequel: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Sequel: The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
The storyline continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshieldinto the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug. The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is scheduled to premiere December 13, 2013.