While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. were treating some very lucky fans to 20 minutes of previously unseen footage from The Desolation of Smaug, they were also releasing a new sneak peek for the film onto the web.
The three-minute sneak peek features some all-new scenes, including a few that the folks at the Live Event did not get to see — even in the extended footage. At least in Wellington, we saw trailer #2 instead to kick off the event.
So it wouldn’t be entirely correct to say this is a cut-down of the footage (of which we will have a detailed and spoiler-filled report soon!) — it feels like a trailer in its own right.