Cumberbatch will appear as the dragon Smaug in upcoming sequel The Desolation of Smaug, using the same motion capture technology as Andy Serkis in his acclaimed performance as Gollum.
"Doing motion capture for a part such as that is tricky," McKellen told Metro. "I mean, how do you play a dragon? Then again, before Lord of the Rings people were saying, 'How on Earth do you play a Gollum?'
"None of us have seen the finished Smaug yet, but I saw Benedict Cumberbatch's screen test and it was very impressive."
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