Battle of Five Armies Trailer Debuts (With a Little Hugo Weaving Footage); The Mule Preview Scene

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Very quick entry today but since fans have been waiting for this trailer for months, I might as well help in spreading it around. The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armiers full-length trailer finally premiered today at 1pm simultaneously on the Hobbit and Peter Jackson Facebook pages, followed shortly thereafter by Warner Bros. YouTube feed. Since the latter will embed most readily, I’ll post that below:

We finally have a few seconds of Hugo Weaving as Elrond, albeit not much more than appeared in the film still that debuted/was leaked last month, a variation of which appeares in some Hobbit 2015 calendars. Here are a few quick caps I was able to grab of the White Council bit of the trailer (featuring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving and Christopher Lee):


“Leave Sauron to me… we play bridge together every Thursday.” πŸ˜‰

I suspect that the minimal use of Elrond in the film’s advertising does hint he has a brief presence in the film, so fans should have realistic expectations. Remember, Hugo only filmed for a few weeks (compared to two years for the lead actors) and didn’t participate in pick-ups specifically for this film (ie the titual battle sequences) so i suspect he and his felloow White Council members feature in an early rescue sequence resolving Gandalf’s cliffhanger peril at Dol Guldur. As always, I’d love to be wrong about this and see more Elrond footage than expected…

The bulk of the trailer appropriately deals with Thorin(Richard Armitage)’s dark transformation post reclaiming Erebor, hashing out his differences with Thranduil (Lee Pace) to face a greater enemy (Azog, Orcs.. and The Bats of War) πŸ˜‰

The Mule

At least as entertaining (from my admittedly skewed perspective) have been the craftily selected preview scenes posted to various sites by The Mule’s marketing wizards. The most recent (and longest) debuted on YouTube yesterday (thanks for the conveniently-embeddable version, guys) courtesy Film Festivals and Indie Films :

This scene, presumably early in Ray’s hotel room incarceration, features Croft (Hugo Weaving) and Paris (Ewen Leslie) grilling Ray (Angus Sampson) about his visit to Thailand, including the strangely notorious Tiger Park ;), and tripping him up on one key point. Here are some screencaps:

IndieWire debuted a shorter, more decidedly R-Rated clip featuring Ray’s initial, intrusive examination at the airport. Needless to say I’m not capping that one, though the most infamous stil from that has been widely posted elsewhere. πŸ˜‰

Healing

The film Healing (starring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany and Xavier Samuel) will air on Australian television later this month– Nov 23 to be precise– on ABC TV at 9.15 pm. A DVD/Blu-Ray release will follow (in Australia) the following week, with many sites already accepting pre-orders. More details at Memorable TV and the film’s Facebook page.

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