When Will We See Smaug in THE HOBBIT?

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When it was first announced that a feature film iteration of The Hobbit was coming to the big screen, one of the most exciting prospects was the visual interpretation of the dragon Smaug that we’d see on the big screen.  The dragon is the main antagonist of the story, and when Guillermo del Toro was developing the adaptation as director he was giddy about designing something audiences had never seen before.  As we all know, del Toro left the project due to extensive delays and Peter Jackson is now returning to Middle Earth for a new trilogy.

It’s unknown how much (if any) of del Toro’s designs Jackson will be using, but we do know that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch performed motion-capture for the character and provides the voice.  The actor recently spoke briefly about when, exactly, audiences will get to peep the treasure-hoarding dragon.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.  Beware, minor spoilers for The Hobbit follow.

smaug-the-hobbitJournalist Anne Richardson asked Cumberbatch when audiences would see Smaug (via Cumberbatchweb), and the actor replied:

“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.”

It’s worth noting that this statement was made before it was confirmed that Jackson was now making three films out of The Hobbit, so this could very well change.  That said, possible subtitles for the second film recently came to light (it’s assumed that the closing chapter will still be titled There and Back Again), and one of them happens to be The Desolation of Smaug.  If this is the case, then it’s reasonable to assume that the second film may still conclude with the battle against Smaug.

Jackson has made no secret of his desire to pull more material from the appendicies and such for the third film, so the end of this new trilogy doesn’t necessarily have to be the end of The Hobbit.  Whatever the case, we most likely won’t be seeing much of Smaug this December in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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  • Dannyboy3030

    If I have to wait until the third fuckin film before I see Smaug I’m gonna burn this place to the ground. The Hobbit is one book. There is no need for all this added bullshit. Go ahead make the Simarillion do Unfinished Tales separately but don’t ruin the Hobbit.

    • Greg

      I agree totally. I was excited for The Hobbit when it was two movies, because I can see how even though it’s a short book, you can easily split it into two movies. But now that it’s 3 movies (each undoubtedly being 3 hours long) I am scratching my head and wondering why? It’s unnecessary to add LOTR appendix and Simirillion crap to what is a fairly entertaining story all by itself. Personally I feel it’s a better read than LOTR(and definately a lot easier to read). In the book, Smaug is not the main villain, he only takes up about half of a chapter. The encounter with Smaug and the The Battle of 5 Armies can easily share the same movie. Stretching it into 3 is ridiculous.

  • Jay

    Smaug and the battle of 5 armies are the two things I’m looking forward to most. I’m guessing the battle of 5 armies is the last movie.

  • Pocketses

    They could turn this into 30 movies and I wouldn’t care. I’m. Effin. Down.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. They can do whatever they please, but as long as it’s good, authentic, writing and acting that follows the story: I’m on board.

  • Letho

    This article is a bit out of date. Based on the registered domains, it seems film 2 will be The Desolation of Smaug, and film 3 will be The Battle of Five Armies. It’s still just going to be the story of the Hobbit, plus the Battle of Dol Guldur – not the 60 years between the Hobbit and LOTR.

  • Letho

    This article is a bit out of date. Based on the registered domains, it seems film 2 will be The Desolation of Smaug, and film 3 will be The Battle of Five Armies. It\’s still just going to be the story of the Hobbit, plus the Battle of Dol Guldur – not the 60 years between the Hobbit and LOTR.

  • eowyn

    Aside from this, I’m itching to finally know how big The Necromancer’s role is in the films. That’s one intriguing character, I tell you.

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