The director and stars of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" are participating in a worldwide event for fans on Nov. 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST.
At each of the satellite-linked cinemas in four host cities — Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand — "The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team will gather with fans to show exclusive footage from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and answer questions in front of a live audience, as well as offer a few surprises.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who serves as special host for the entire event, will be based in New York, where he will welcome Richard Armitage (who plays Thorin Oakenshield) and Orlando Bloom (who plays Legolas). Evangeline Lilly (who plays Tauriel) will be in Los Angeles. Lee Pace (who plays Thranduil), Luke Evans (who plays Bard the Bowman) and Andy Serkis (who plays Gollum) will be in London.
In addition, several other cities will be hosting satellite links to the event at local cinemas, including Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Miami; Paris; Rome; Sydney; and Toronto.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 13, 2013. (Release dates in other countries may vary.) The movie is the first sequel to 2012's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Other cast members of the "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" include Ian McKellen (as Gandalf the Grey), Martin Freeman (as Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (as Smaug/The Necromancer). The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.