Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin's last adventure was a little bloated, so hopefully Jackson's next effort will be tighter. Still the promise of a very large, very gold dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch should be enough to convince moviegoers to buy a ticket.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13.
It looks like Nathan Fillion might be playing a superhero afterall. After being considered for roles in Green Lantern, and Captain America,Fillion (most remembered as Malcolm Reynolds in the cult-hit Firefly) is reportedly in final negotiations to play Dr. Hank Pym in the new Avengers film. It hasn't been stated whether Pym would be Ant-man in the film, or just a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist, but we're holding out hope.