We’re about a week away from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘s US premiere. The Peter Jackson-directed film looks a ton better than the previous film, as it involves my favorite elf, Legolas. Not only that, there’s no more setup and we can get right into the action. Plus, Benedict Cumberbatch is the voice of the Dragon, Smaug. In anticipation of the new film, below is a over 15minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. Check it out!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and HFR on December 13th.The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner.