By AMC December 6, 2012

Despite the fact that the first installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" doesn't hit AMC Theatres until December 14th, the first official photo has been released for not the second but the third film in the series. The picture below for the film titled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" shows Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, with the Laketown warrior Bard the Bowman, portrayed by Luke Evans.

Fans might inquire as to what Legolas is doing in the third film since he wasn't in the original book. Peter Jackson sheds some light on the matter:

“He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit," said Jackson. "And because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm."

When asked about the character of Bard, writer/producer Philippa Boyens stated:

"Bard is an interesting character, but [in the book] he’s kind of a random character who comes in after the fact. We take more time introducing him. We know from what follows that he was a father, so we [explore] that. I don’t think we take liberties, because it’s all there in the storytelling."

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits AMC Theatres in 2D, 3D, and IMAX on December 14. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will be released on December 13, 2013, and closing out the trilogy will be "The Hobbit: There and Back Again", releasing on July 18, 2014.

Source: ComingSoon

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