has released another new TV spot containing a few new snippets of footage, most notably our first brief glimpse of the dragon, Smaug.
The dragon’s appearance is a very fleeting one, seen here flying overhead and strafing a city with jets of flame, but it’s more than enough to get us extremely excited about his presence.
Smaug will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, and will play a much weightier role in the two later films in the new trilogy. Still, its nice to know he’ll be making his presence felt in the first entry too…
Take a look, below…
And with that, our excitement levels just hit fever pitch. There’s something extremely Christmassy about a new Middle-earth film, and we’re delighted that New Line have decided to return to the festive release schedule that served Lord Of The Rings so well.
Directed by Peter Jackson and co-starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open in the UK on 13 December 2012.