This is What Benedict Cumberbatch Looks Like Doing Smaug Mo-Cap
In only 51 more days we'll finally get to experience the fight against Smaug the Dragon in all its glory on the big screen. According to early buzz (and based on the title alone), Smaug will get his big screen showdown in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, arriving in theaters on December 13th. We know that Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing Smaug, but he's also providing the motion capture for the giant fire-breathing dragon. Over at TheOneRing.net, they recently got their hands on a series of photos (or rather screenshots from a behind-the-scenes featurette) showing Cumberbatch on his "bed" doing motion capture and facial recording. It's actually kind of awesome to see, especially his face - that final shot below.
Here are three photos of Cumberbatch filming as Smaug. We'll likely see the full making of video eventually.
Click on any of the photos above to see a few more mo-cap screenshots as posted on TheOneRing.net. Cool?
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 13th.