The First Picture from The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Legolas will return in Peter Jackson's second Hobbit movie, in theaters December 13, 2013.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The wait is almost over. You'll finally get to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next Friday, December 14, but you know you can't wait that long. You want Orlando Bloom and you want him NOW. Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly provides. They've got the first official still from next year's The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and it's a nice big shot of the elven Legolas in all his glory, standing alongside Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, a human who plays a very important role in J.R.R. Tolkien's story. Click through for a larger version.

Obviously there's not much to go on here. Are we looking at the so-called "desolation of Smaug" in the background, or is this conversation happening in the third film's climactic Battle of Five Armies? Either way, it's just a glamour shot of two handsome actors having a conversation in a movie. Thanks, Peter Jackson. It's encouraging to know that There and Back Again has dialogue. What else will the film have to offer?

We'll just have to find out for ourselves when The Hobbit: There and Back Again hits theaters on July 18, 2014.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani