The upcoming August print edition of Empire Magazine will feature The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug stars Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace on the cover. Orlando Bloom reprises his role as Legolas, the archer elf from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, who joins Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on his journey. Evangeline Lilly stars as Tauriel, the leader of the Evlen Guard and a character who wasn't featured in J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel. Lee Pace plays Thradruil, the elven king of Mirkwood, who was first seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Take a look at these covers, the second of which is a special collector's edition only for Empire Magazine subscribers.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes to theaters December 13th, 2013 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.