The trailer for the second Hobbit movie has been released, giving the first good look at the dragon Smaug.
Wellington-made The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13.
The teaser trailer was released this morning.
Hobbit fans have long been waiting to get a good look at the Smaug, the dragon Bilbo and the dwarves have to get past to get to the treasure at the and of the tale.
At the end of the trailer, we are shown the massive head and neck of Smaug looking around a corner through glowing red eyes while Bilbo tries to hide.
The book, written by JRR Tolkien and then followed by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been transformed into a three-part movie by a team in Wellington led by director Sir Peter Jackson.
The first part of the Hobbit trilogy was premiered in Wellington last year. However, it was confirmed this week the The Desolation of Smaug would not have its world premiere in Wellington.