In North America, the 2 minute, 30 second trailer will play exclusively with New Line's "Secondhand Lions," now in its second weekend of release. It will be in theaters throughout the weekend and will then debut online at www.lordoftherings.net Monday.
On Dec. 17, the journey ends when co-writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's revered trilogy concludes with the worldwide release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," New Line says. The movie tells the final story of how through courage, commitment, and determination even the least of us can change the world.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" stars Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham and Elijah Wood.
The third film in the trilogy is produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Jackson. The screenplay is by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens & Jackson based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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