A new chapter is about to begin.
Warner Bros. has releasedfor the highly anticipated sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Based onbest-selling novel "The Hobbit," this latest installment will mark the return of actor Martin Freeman as main character Bilbo Baggins. Ian McKellen is also back as Gandalf. The hobbit and his wizard companion continue their journey from and come across the deadly dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Three-time Oscar-winning filmmakerreturns to helm "The Desolation of Smaug," the second in a planned .
Watch the trailer below to get the latest glimpse of Middle Earth.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens in theaters in 3D on Dec. 13.
The third film,is due for release in December 2014.