Warner Bros. Pictures have this week premièred the theatrical trailer for their impending fantasy blockbuster The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Sherlock's Martin Freeman as its titular protagonist, the sequel to An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013) will mark both the final instalment in a trilogy of divisive adaptations and Peter Jackson's last cinematic trip into the realms of Middle-Earth (or so the marketing team would have us believe).
That's hardly the most fascinating aspect of the motion picture in question, though - that particular honour goes to the tagline, which brands Battle as the "defining chapter of the Middle-Earth saga". Could this mean we'll see Jackson directly link up The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (despite sixt years separating their respective narratives) so as to allow fans to partake in one monumental marathon come the movie's release on DVD and Blu-Ray next Spring? We're certainly not going to proclaim otherwise, although to the Australian director's considerable credit, he did allow for such an eventuality by depicting the final conversation Frodo had with an elderly Bilbo (played once again by Ian Holm, who'll seemingly return to provide a climactic monologue in Battle's dying moments) before his quest to destroy the One Ring ensued, meaning that even if Elijah Wood remains absent from the trilogy's final outing - as the rumour mill is currently saying - we'll at least be able to watch the six instalments of said "saga" without worrying the narrative's structure coming off as disjointed in hindsight. More details are sure to land on the interwebs surrounding Battle's denouement and running time in the next few days, so to stay up-to-date, stay tuned to On-Screen.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies unleashes a barrage of arrows in cinemas worldwide this December 12th.