Martin Freeman is surrounded by gold in a new photo from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Next week THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in theaters and damage control is as strong as ever. By now I’m sure you have heard that the initial reviews for Peter Jackson’s latest foray into Middle Earth are less than stellar (you can check out our review next week), so new clips from the film are being released as well as photos from the upcoming two films: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN. Yesterday we got a shot of Orlando Bloom and Luke Evans from the final film, and today we’re getting a shot of Martin Freeman in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. Below you can see a shot of Martin Freeman who is on top of a pile of gold coins that is being guarded by the mean dragon Smaug. Which brings us to the clip below the photo, which has Ian McKellen as Gandalf talking about Smaug, which is actually in THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Perhaps a bit confusing having all these images and clips come out at the same time, but it’s all good.

Directed by Peter Jackson, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY stars Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry, Brett McKenzie, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans and Cate Blanchett. The Peter Jackson directed film opens in theaters on December 14th, 2012. (Entertainment Weekly)

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