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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' gets a new trailer

A brand-new trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" debuts Tuesday and introduces some characters not seen in the first "Hobbit" flick.

A fresh poster for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.'
Warner Bros.

The next cinematic installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's written masterpiece "The Hobbit" returns to U.S. theaters on December 13, but in the meantime, be sure to check out a new trailer for the film courtesy of Warner Bros.

As expected, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" picks up where "An Unexpected Journey" left off. It continues the tale of Bilbo Baggins' journey to take back the Lonely Mountain from the gold-hungry dragon Smaug in an attempt to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. All of the actors who played the main characters -- Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and Thorin Oakenshield -- from the first film reprise their respective roles once again.

Evangeline Lilly adds a much-needed feminine touch to the "Hobbit" series. Warner Bros.

Notable new characters not seen in the first "Hobbit" flick include Orlando Bloom reprising his "Lord of the Rings" role as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly debuting as the female elf Tauriel, and brainiac Stephen Fry making an appearance as the Master of Lake-town.

Similar to "An Unexpected Journey," moviegoers will have a choice of seeing "The Desolation of Smaug" in regular formatting, or RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, and the almost-too-real 48 frame per second High Frame Rate 3D.