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New image from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

While UK cinemagoers only have a couple of days left to wait before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in cinemas, the studio has dropped a welcome teaser for the next film in the form of a shiny new image.

The new still is taken from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and features Bilbo Baggins looking anxious once more, but sporting a rather natty new set of robes.

He’s also stumbled upon a vast reserve of gold coins, but from the look of the expression on his face, it seems that he isn’t alone. And Smaug is a jealous protector of treasure…

"The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of [ the second film ], but it doesn't end there," said writer/producer Philippa Boyens. "Everyone can suspect there's a rather large battle in film three."

So there’s something to look forward to. In the meantime, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in the UK on Thursday. The wait is nearly at an end…

For much more on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , grab yourself a copy of Total Film magazine issue 201 - out now!

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