Smaug to Debut in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Says Benedict Cumberbatch

The actor reveals that his performance as the motion-capture dragon will be introduced at the end of Peter Jackson’s first prequel.

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about Smaug in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Benedict Cumberbatch talks about Smaug in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
We are just four months away from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arriving in theaters this holiday season. One of the most anticipated aspects of this three-part Middle Earth adventure is the inclusion of Smaug, a dragon that will be portrayed through motion-capture techniques by Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor recently spoke about when his fire-breathing character will first be seen on-screen.

"I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you'll get the rest of me in the second."

This interview took place before it was confirmed that they are adding a third movie to the already-planned two-part saga, which may offset this notion of introducing Smaug in the first film. It is, though, still possible that we may see Smaug's eye-opening scene at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as planned, to tease the follow-up The Hobbit: There and Back Again the following year. There has been no word on what the third movie will be called yet, nor do we have any story details. This third chapter may not have anything to do with Smaug at all.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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  1. Josh

    Surprised they're going all the way to The Lonely Mountain in the first movie. I expected them to end somewhere in Mirkwood or Laketown. This makes me wonder what they're actually going to do in the second movie. I don't see how you can fill an entire movie with the buildup to Smaug's awakening and the aftermath if you start at that point in the story. Maybe this "eye opening" scene is actually just a cutaway to show the audience that Smaug is indeed alive and well (a subject of some speculation in the novel) while someone tells the story of the destruction of Dale. That could be an interesting way to end this first film. Honestly, I'm just curious to see exactly how they're going to parse this thing. The whole trilogy breakdown has thrown me for a total loop.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus I am a fan of Johnny Lee Miller and Liu is hot. I might check it out.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Jay.A.Ottley

    Throughout the whole of the first film his character is built up as this monstrous character that annihilates everything in his path and shows no mercy.

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  4. Jay.A.Ottley

    He comes at the end of the first flick, which by what I've seen and read looks pretty f*cking radical.

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  5. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 I defenitly would for her

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 watch it for Lucy Liu... mmmm...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Yea true I should have known better. @bawnian-dexeus Maybe, from what Ive seen I dont think ill get into it

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @bawnian-dexeus Sherlock Holmes with Lucy Liu... yes... yes I am

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 Come on now! you should know me by now! :P

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 I was about to say haha, Sherlocks a great show

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 Who would ever like Sherlock! Lame people... haha obviously you know I am just kidding! I know your stand when it comes to Sherlock!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  12. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Oh hell no, Sherlock is one of the best shows ever

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 SHERLOCK SUCKS!!! ;)

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  14. SherlockHolmes2009

    @ejk1 Yup, I love Sherlock, Benedicts the man as Sherlock Holmes

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  15. Sadie Heldberg

    Smaug, coming to life fully loaded with CGI will be a remarkable sight for my eyes to behold. Smaug has been nothing but visions in my imagination, since first introduced to me as a child; the comparison on film will be fun. Since I travel on business for Dish frequently, I've decided to reread the book preparing myself for the release in December. I'd like to see Smaug in the first film with still enough content to stretch equally over three films. Speaking of three films, I hope I make it to theaters for all three films; my schedule leaves little time for play, especially with all the traveling. With most movies I wait until the Blu-ray is released from Blockbuster @Home; I bring it along as airport entertainment. Monotonous waiting is no friend of mine, but LOTR was spectacular in theaters; we will see.

    3 years agoby @SadieMayFlag

  16. skywise

    @pjwolsker I thought the Sherlock show was better than the movies by far.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. LuxoIII

    He'll probably appear in an opening sequence explaining the destruction of Erebor, maybe with a dwarf narrating like Galadriel did in Fellowship of the Ring.

    3 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  18. Pjwolsker

    @skywise they'll do it but it just depends on their schedules

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  19. ejk1

    @SherlockHolmes2009 You want more Sherlock? Really? Huh...I never would've guessed :P

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. skywise

    @pjwolsker Sherlock was brilliant. I do hope they do a 3rd series.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  21. SherlockHolmes2009

    @pjwolsker Agreed, I want more Sherlock

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  22. Pjwolsker

    F*ck the Hobbit!!! I want more Sherlock. This third movie is really putting everything on hold and I don't like it

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  23. Dark-White-Knight

    Spoiler much

    3 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag


    Bring it on! Please don't let us down Jackson!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

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