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Peter Jackson Talks About THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES at SDCC

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm by Amanda Andonian

Stars of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES gather for a group shot at the Warner Bros. booth at Comic-Con 2014. From left: Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace. #WBSDCC (©2014 WBEI. All rights reserved.)

In a panel moderated by Stephen Colbert (dressed in his costume from The Hobbit), Peter Jackson took to the stage in Hall H to talk to fans about the upcoming The HobbitThe Battle of the Five Armies. In addition to screening a blooper reel from LOTR and The Hobbit, Jackson gave fans a sneak peek at just how enormous the battle in the third movie will be. He seemed determined to make sure that audiences know that the new film will be more serious than the past two Hobbit films, instead taking on the graver tone of the Lord of the Rings triology.

When speaking about the battle that J.R.R. Tolkein’s characters will take part in, Jackson said, “There’s a lot of sadness and tragedy. It’s always good when you can kill off some main characters, as a filmmaker. It’s a chance to do something ugly, powerful and emotional.”

Along with Jackson, a number of major cast members (Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangline Lilly, Lee Pace, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, and Graham McTavish) also graced Hall H to talk about their roles in the final film. Cumberbatch discussed the dichotomy of playing Smaug—an enormous dragon with one fatal weakness—and the Necromancer—an ephemeral being with apparently no weaknesses. “One is made of something vulnerable, and one seems to be born out of everything that’s evil and difficult to pin down and kill,” he said.

Cate Blanchett expressed her relief at being able to reprise her role as Galadriel (“I thought my time was over in Middle Earth”), and also teased an epic confrontation between her and the Necromancer.

Although the movies are coming to an end, Jackson expressed interested in starting a LOTR museum, as well as going back to the original footage in order to extend the first trilogy even further. While I feel like 11.5 hours is plenty long enough, the fans in Hall H were loudly enthusiastic about his suggestion to make the LOTR films even longer. Finally, Jackson also announced the Hobbit Fan Fellowship contest where 150 lucky superfans will be flown to New Zealand for a special screening of the final film, as well as take a tour on some of the locations. You can’t enter until August 25th, though, so mark your calendars!

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