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OTRC: Richard Armitage talks 'The Hobbit 3' (Spoilers, Updated)

Richard Armitage appears as Thorin Oakenshield in a scene from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' / Richard Armitage of 'The Hobbit' fame talks about the 2014 movie 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' at the WonderCon Anaheim 2014 convention in Anaheim, California on April 19, 2014. (Warner Bros. Pictures / OTRC)

Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit" trilogy, told OTRC.com he is looking forward to seeing an epic battle in the upcoming third movie.

He reprises his role, the leader of a group of dwarves who accompanies hero Bilbo Baggins on his quest to defeat a dragon, in the film.

UPDATE: Director Peter Jackson announced on April 24, after this interview was conducted, that the title of the movie has been changed from "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

The trilogy is based on author J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel. Armitage, 42, talked to OTRC.com about the upcoming third "Hobbit" film, which was filmed last summer. Spoiler alert for those who have not read the book!

"There's a couple of big surprises. The one thing I'm really looking forward to is seeing the Battle of the Five Armies," Armitage told OTRC.com at the recent WonderCon Anaheim 2014 convention in Anaheim, California, where he was promoting his latest film, "Into the Storm."

The battle in question is referenced in the novel "The Hobbit" and pitted the the evil goblins -- some riding on wargs, or beasts -- against the dwarves and allies the elves, the eagles and men, as well as a skin-changer, or shape-shifter, named Beorn. Oakenshield fights as well.

"I think it will be probably quite a cinematic event," Armitage said.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is set for release on Dec. 17. Other stars who reprise their roles include Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), his "Sherlock" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch (the voice of Smaug the dragon), "LOST" alum Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett as elves Tauriel, Legloas and Galadriel, Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman. Reporting by Jacob Burch, producer of the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.

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