One of the defining movies of the early 21st century was Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Adapted from JRR Tolkien’s sprawling epics, the movies reinvigorated the fantasy genre, making the director a household name, and taking home an Oscar for Best Picture in 2003 for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Following the conclusion of the trilogy, many fans were excited at the prospect of seeing Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the tale of Bilbo Baggins that serves as a prequel to the events in the Lord of the Rings series, excitement which increased when, after a revolving door of filmmakers attempted to get the project off the ground, Peter Jackson took the helm once again, with the news that the book would be split into three movies as well. Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellan, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Lee Pace reprise their roles alongside new castmembers Luke Evans and Evangeline Lilly. The first trailer for the film, titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has now been released, and can be seen below.