According to Movie Pilot on Tuesday, "Hobbit" actor Manu Bennett spoke of his role as Azog in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." According to a quick question answered by the actor, Bennet claimed that he wasn't quite finished with the filming of his character Azog the Defiler.
The actor then further clarified he was planning on flying back out to New Zealand next month to finish up his role. He was also still shooting for the third movie in the trilogy just prior to the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey."
There were also a serious rumors flying around the internet about whether or not director Peter Jackson would actually be keeping Thorin Oakenshield alive in the third movie. Further clarification revealed that it was rumor debunked by TheOneRing.net website. In actuality, though it comes close to the mark, fans had been petitioning at one time keep Thorin alive in the third film. Apparently, the trend of Jackson's previous films of adding new characters and throwing in extra story lines was found appealing by fans. So appealing, that they petitioned a major change in the "Hobbit 3" movie.
There are also speculations of a new "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer in the midst. After a lengthy discussion in regards to scheduling of the project, considering that the National Association Of Theater Owners have a ruling that markets can start advertising their films in the form of a trailer at 150 days. With the release date for the "Hobbit 3" move being Dec. 17, if one were to subtract 150 days backwards from that date, it falls right around the same event as the San Diego Comic Con.
Of course, this is pretty much going out on a limb as to when the "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will be, but it does seem to be good timing.