The big story that came out of last year’s CinemaCon was that the 10 minutes of footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was shown at 48 frames per second, in an effort to convince cinema owners to upgrade to the necessary equipment. And while Peter Jackson explained, “For me, the experience of watching the full Hobbit movie in 3-D and 48 fps is something really special,” the reaction from critics and audiences alike has been mixed.
This year at CinemaCon, the second film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, hasn’t created nearly as much buzz. Director Peter Jackson didn’t mention the frame rate in his video introduction, and then the audience was treated to a selection of scenes from the upcoming film. I have to imagine that if the highly anticipated introduction of the dragon Smaug was one of those scenes, we would have heard about it. But according to Variety, both the elf prince Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, and the elf warrior Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, appeared in the clips.
And as reported by ComingSoon.net, Jackson said that the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be ready in the next few weeks.
The director hosted a live sneak peek of the movie on March 24, in which he answered questions from the fans and previewed footage that included Tauriel, as well as the character of Bard the Bowman, played by Luke Evans, and the Mast of Laketown, played by Stephen Fry. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits US cinemas on December 13, 2013.