For those who don’t already know, Smaug the massive, and greatest fire breathing dragon of them all, will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. Cumberbatch will both voice the beast, and play the monster through motion capture effects, like how Gollum was created by Andy Serkis. Jackson has promised something ultra special when we finally do get to see Smaug, and fans are very excited.
However, in a recent interview for his upcoming mini-series ‘Parade’s End’ with Anne Richardson, Cumberbatch let this little cat out of the bag about when Smaug is likely to appear in Jackson’s films: “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.”
So basically, we will have to sit through the entire first film, titled An Unexpected Journey, and Jackson will tease us at the end with a brief glimpse of the Dragon in preparation for the second film. This means fans will then have to wait a whole year before the second film, titled ‘There and Back Again’. However, there is a chance that now the adaptation has become a trilogy, the titles of the films may change. There have been rumours that ‘There and Back Again’ will now be the title for the final film in the trilogy, and that the second film might be called ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of the trilogy, will arrive in UK cinemas 14th December 2012, with the second film The Hobbit: There & Back Again arriving in December 2013.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom,Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Evangeline Lilly,Ian Holm, Billy Connolly and James Nesbitt.
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
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By Matt Wavish