The cast and filmmakers of New Line-MGM’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” reunited for one last time at Tuesday’s premiere at the Dolby Theatre. Even LOTR alums Elijah Wood and Billy Boyd came out to join the fun and support Peter Jackson and the Middle-Earth crew on their last hurrah.
“I can’t help but think that I’ll never again be having a lunch in the tent on that set in New Zealand,” mused Lee Pace, who portrays Thranduil. “There’s a real closeness in that cast.”
Philippa Boyens, who has screenplay credits on the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies, said she was overwhelmed with relief as well as nostalgia. However, she admitted that she’s seen only parts of all six films.
“It’s hard for me because they’ve all been such huge parts of my life,” she said. “You’re just writing a movie but you hear from people about how it’s had this massive impact on their lives.”
Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel, said that the London and Los Angeles premieres had enabled her to see the final film in the trilogy as intended by Jackson rather than the versions — often green screen — that she had seen previously.
“I loved the first battle scene where you’re not expecting the elves to fight,” she admitted. “I stood up and cheered.”
Richard Armitage, who portrays Thorin Oakenshield, had a similar reaction: “My heart was racing. I loved being in the theater tonight with the cheering. I love what Peter’s doing to get people to come to movies.”
The final installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy opens Dec. 17.
(Pictured: Stephen Hunter, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood and Graham McTavish at “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Los Angeles premiere)