Gandalf has an incredibly intense and slightly concerned look in this new character poster for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Ian McKellan's Gandalf has been the superglue that connects all of the Middle Earth movies together, and I can't imagine what these movies would have been like without him. He is Gandalf.

This is the second character poster that Warner Bros. has released for the "defining chapter" in The Hobbit trilogy. Yesterday we got a poster featuring Bilbo and Sting, which you can check out here. One of the main things that I'm looking forward to seeing in this movie is how it will bridge the gap to The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

The film will be released on December 17th. Here's the synopsis: 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
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