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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Gets First Poster

Second 'Hobbit' movie due out Dec. 13

Half a year before its theatrical opening, New Line and MGM have unveiled the first poster for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

The poster — portraying Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins in front of a massive mountainside — was revealed on film’s Twitter account @TheHobbitMovie. The first trailer for the second film is set to be released Tuesday.

“The Desolation of Smaug” will open Dec. 13 and follow Baggins, 13 dwarves and Gandalf to in their quest to fight the dragon Smaug. The first film, “An Unexpected Journey,” grossed $1.02 billion worldwide after its December 2012 U.S. release, and the third film “The Hobbit: There And Back Again” will open on Dec. 17, 2014.

All three films were shot in 3D at 48 frames-per-second and will be released in a variety of formats — High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug poster

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