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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Teased By Peter Jackson

04/01/2013 02:42 pm ET

Peter Jackson is gearing up for the release of the next "Hobbit" film.

The second film in the "Hobbit" series, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," is debuting later this year, and in preparation, "Hobbit" director Peter Jackson participated in a video Q&A for the film.

In the video (shown above) Jackson addresses plot points in the upcoming sequel, and the challenges of crafting a middle film in a series.

The video also features a cameo by self-proclaimed "Hobbit" junkie Stephen Colbert, who asked Jackson about the Elves of Mirkwood. Jackson addressed Colbert's question before discussing his own appearance on "The Colbert Report" and asking Colbert why he wasn't given a better souvenir mug to take home. Earlier this year, Colbert hinted that he might have a part in an upcoming "Hobbit" film.

Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin 'Pippin' Took in the "Lord of the Rings" films, also makes an appearance to ask Jackson a question.

The part of the video that is catching the most attention, however, is a quick glimpse of a script that takes place at the 4:50 mark. As a viewer notes, the script looks like it reads "Star Wars VIII," a move that may have been an April Fools' joke on Jackson's part, as the video was posted Monday morning.

The full video event with Jackson, which reportedly includes appearances by Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly, is available with an access code on the official website for "The Hobbit."

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" hits theaters on Dec. 14.

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