(The cast and crew of The Hobbit: The Deslolation of Smaug gather around Peter Jackson at the film's L.A. premiere.)

Dragon fire could have substituted for Hollywood's traditional searchlights on Monday, announcing the L.A. premiere of New Line Cinema's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Stars and studio execs were out in force for the premiere of the second installment in director Peter Jackson's trilogy.

See the premiere photos below, and be sure to get your advance tickets for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soon. It opens in the U.S. December 13.


Martin Freeman and Peter Jackson


Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch


Writer/producer Philippa Boyens


Aidan Turner and Dean O'Gorman


Toby Emmerich,  Peter Jackson, Carolyn Blackwood, and Kevin Tsujihara


Evangeline Lilly dazzles the crowd.


Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, and Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images