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Warner Bros. Pictures have today released a new promotional image (below) for their impending fantasy film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Based (increasingly) loosely on Chapters XVII-XIX of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel of the same name (no, seriously - there's only around 60 pages' worth of plot left to cover, but don't think for a second that these limitations will prevent helmer Peter Jackson from producing yet another three-hour epic), the third instalment in the commercially lucrative - yet critically divisive, to say the least - Hobbit film franchise will mark Peter Jackson's sixth and final foray into the mythologically-rich realms of Middle-Earth.
Ever the upholders of promotional consistency, Battle's marketing team have once again designed an all-encompassing banner which appears to cover all of the major set-pieces contained within the highly-anticipated blockbuster's climactic storyline. Not since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King or The Dark Knight Rises has a director been tasked with providing a rewarding and fulfilling denouement to such a dense and highly-regarded narrative as this (Jackson might as well be the film industry's George R.R. Martin, save for the contrasting fact that he'll give his fandom their long-awaited finale in good time rather than forcing them to wait for years on end), but if anyone can pull it off, it's the man who convinced us that a CGI ring-bearer could be every bit as realistic and sympathetic a construct as his live-action counterparts. If all goes according to plan, then we can doubtless expect a conclusion for the ages - if not, well, there's always Into the Woods...
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies wages war in UK cinemas this December 12th and on December 17th in the United States.
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