Warner Bros. Pictures have today announced the official première date for the theatrical trailer for their impending fantasy blockbuster The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies via the film's Facebook account. Picking up directly where The Desolation of Smaug left off last Christmas, Battle's narrative - as its title suggests - not only chronicles the downfall of the treacherous Smaug but in addition a climactic confrontation between five relentless armadas, four of whom must eventually band together if they are to save Middle-Earth from the hordes of Sauron who now march on the Lonely Mountain with only one goal: the destruction of anyone and everyone who oppose the Dark Lord of all.
If that premise alone isn't enough to elicit a considerable deal of elation from you, then chances are that you'd be better catered for elsewhere this festive season, dear reader - why not try out Interstellar, Nightcrawler, The Imitation Game or one of the other sure-fire contenders for next year's Best Picture Academy Award? If, however, a sixth trip to the realms of J.R.R. Tolkien's rich (if at times damn near overpowering) fantastical setting and indeed Peter Jackson's remarkably faithful rendition of that landscape sounds like the most compelling Christmas present imaginable at this point, then there's no better place to stick around than On-Screen in the coming weeks as we build towards Battle's release by revealing all of the latest promo art, TV spots, plot details - including how its plot may eventually tie into the Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy - and the theatrical trailer itself, the latter of which will debut on Thursday, November 6th. On top of all of that coverage, expect to see our definitive verdict on the piece within the context of the ever-competitive race for our much-coveted Film of the Year 2014 gong next month.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will charge into UK cinemas nationwide (after simply walking into Mordor, of course) this December 12th.