We’ve already caught a couple of glimpses of Peter Jackson’s version of Beorn thanks to promotional material for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but now we have our first shot from the upcoming movie featuring Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World) as the shapeshifter alongside Ian McKellen’s Gandalf…
“The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. “
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug sees Persbrandt, Freeman, McKellen and Armitage joined by an enormous ensemble cast which also includes Middle-earth veterans Andy Serkis (Gollum), Christopher Lee (Saruman the White), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo), Elijah Wood (Frodo) Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Ken Stott (Balin), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Kili (Aidan Turner), Fili (Dean O’Gorman), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Manu Bennett (Azog), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Necromancer / Smaug), Lee Pace (King Tranduil), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) alongside franchise newcomers Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) as Tauriel, Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as the Master of Laketown, and Billy Connolly (Brave) as Dain Ironfoot.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is set for release on December 13th.