As Peter Jackson puts a fresh spin on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, he, along with co-screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, has given one iconic character "a bit more breathing space" in the big-screen adaptation.
That character is Bard the Bowman, played by Luke Evans character, Bard the Bowman.
"Basically, we've kept the story of Bard, we've just given him a bit more breathing space so that you get to understand his background," Evans tells MTV News of his role in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.""You meet his family a little bit more, you understand the reasons why he is the way he is."
Evans says that his character will "slowly unravel himself" for the audience to better grasp his background and family history. Among the differences between the book and the film is the addition, and prevalence, of Bard's children. Joining his son Bain on the big screen are two young girls, played by the real-life daughters of "Hobbit" actor James Nesbitt (Bofur).
The second in Jackson's three-part epic, "The Desolation of Smaug" picks up right where "An Unexpected Journey" left off, following Bilbo and the Dwarves all the way the Lonely Mountain. There, the titular dragon awaits.
But they can't complete their journey without a little — OK, a lot of — help from Bard.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens nationwide on December 13.