This is What Benedict Cumberbatch Looks Like Doing Smaug Mo-Cap

October 23, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch

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, 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.

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug Mo-Cap

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug Mo-Cap

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug Mo-Cap

Click on any of the photos above to see a few more mo-cap screenshots as posted on 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.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


Dance Derek Dance! Hopefully all the people that wanted LOTR are better equipped to handle the whimsical nature of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Its a kids book!

Xerxexx on Oct 23, 2013


Picture 1 & 2: Going to work in your sweatpants, sounds relaxing and therapeutic. Picture 3: Oh, guess not.

Wafffles on Oct 23, 2013


Third one is a dead ringer for Total Recall.

Nick Sears on Oct 23, 2013


In that last pic, he's just knocked one out.

Carpola on Oct 23, 2013


Slick. Watch out Andy Sirkis.

DAVIDPD on Oct 23, 2013


Make love to that performance mat, pervert!

cobrazombie on Oct 24, 2013


If that's how you make love I would suggest that the pervert label belongs to you!

Christine Hudson on Oct 24, 2013


Now we see what hard work motion capture really is - shame people seem to still think its all computer generated and only the voice is real!

Christine Hudson on Oct 24, 2013

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