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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is really pushing the addition of three important characters in the build up to its December release. Today we have yet another new look at Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Lee Pace.

The three actors play Legolas, Tauriel, and Thranduil in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit sequel The Desolation of Smaug. They will appear on the cover of the new Empire Magazine which hits newsstands June 27.

Check it out below:

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' in Empire Magazine

Presumably new interview material will be included with the cover story, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for new Desolation of Smaug goods surfacing online in the next few days.

In our first look at Tauriel at the top of this month, fans were concerned with her appearance because she looked similar to a “Peter Pan/Zelda” character. This latest look in Empire sheds her clothing in a darker light, which looks more in line with the costumes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Tauriel is an entirely new character dreamed up by Jackson and his team, and Hobbiton-dwellers are looking forward to seeing a strong female character inserted within Tolkien’s classic story.

These three actors are currently in New Zealand filming additional scenes for The Desolation of Smaug and the third Hobbit movie There and Back Again. Following the release of Smaug’s trailer a few weeks ago, Jackson recorded the trio of stars while they watched fans react to the trailer. What ensued was a great viral video.

The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters December 13. The titular role is played by Martin Freeman.

Thanks, Empire.

  • Stacie

    Look at all the pretty! Must. Have!

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Legolas!! :) Everytime I see Thranduil, I think about Lucius Malfoy haha. I can’t help it!

  • Liderc

    The long wigs look kind of fake. But Thranduil looks a lot like Legolas minus the eyebrows.

  • Caroline J.

    it is always very strange for me to see Lee Pace as anyone other than the Pie-Maker.

    • Wilma

      OH!! I only just now realized the connection! Mind blown.

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  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Lee Pace looked so incredible in the trailer as well as here – could not be more excited that he landed this role! Hopefully it will lead to more notoriety for him, because he is brilliant.

  • jashaw56

    I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of Tauriel but I’m not going to lie, the more I see of her the more I like her!

  • SnatcherGirl

    Whoa, just jumped at the disportioned hair length on Tauriel! My eyes keep going to that and being like, “Whaaaaaaaaaaaat.” It’s distracting me from the pretty of the picture *cough, Orlando, cough*

  • 7Starrchasers

    LEE PACE!!!!!

  • Megan

    Weren’t these pictures used in the Unexpected Journey calendar or something? Everyone’s acing like these are brand new but I 100% positive I’ve seen those shots of at least Legolas and Thranduil.

  • Jasper

    So cool!

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