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There are many reasons we are excited for the upcoming "The Hobbit" films, but one of the biggest ones is the fact Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Smaug the dragon. We haven't even had a tease of the big, bad treasure-hoarder in any of the movie's promotion, but it turns out that we won't have to wait ages to see him in action after all.

With "The Hobbit" now being split into three movies, we aren't quite clear which film we'll see Bilbo Baggins confront Smaug in. The scene occurs towards the end of "The Hobbit" novel, so it seems safe to assume that it won't be featured until either "The Hobbit: There And Back Again" or the currently untitled third "Hobbit" film. But in an interview featured on CumberbatchWeb, we've learned that he will actually appear much earlier in the trilogy. Be warned, there are spoilers after the jump.

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