The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released a new poster focusing on an aspect of the film we had not yet seen: The White Council.
While such a thing wouldn't mean much to casual fans of The Lord of the Rings films, for fans who have been following The Hobbit closely, this meeting is an important event in understanding what Gandalf's role will be in The Hobbit films and what part he played in the initial incidents that would set the events some fifty years later in the Rings films into motion.
Depicting Ian McKellen's Gandalf, Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, Hugo Weaving's Elrond, we also get our first glimpse of Christopher Lee reprising his role as would-be-turncoat White Wizard Saruman.
Check out the full poster below.
Only briefly referenced in the pseudo-historical appendices of The Lord of the Rings book, the White Council is finally realized by way of "liberties" director Peter Jackson and his writing team have taken to expand the storyline of The Hobbit.
The meeting was convened to address a mysterious growing power residing within a fortress in Dul Guldur who is referred to as the Necromancer.
Of course, once Gandalf goes there and finds out that this Necromancer is actually the returning Sauron, he tries to convince this proverbial Yalta Conference of immortals that the threat needs to be addressed with a bit of military might.
Tensions between Gandalf and Saruman become strained by Saruman's reluctance to wage an assault on the Necromancer/Sauron's forces. Of course, we would learn why he was reluctant in the Rings films.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits this side of Mirkwood on December 14.