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."
> 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' for extended version in 2013
> Ian McKellen on returning to Middle-earth »
Similar News ItemsPeter Jackson (I)
- Community's New Trailer Is Really Dark (From BuzzSugar. 12 December 2013, 12:47 PM, PST)
- ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Reviews: Bilbo’s Back – But Is He Better Than Ever? (From The Wrap. 12 December 2013, 12:36 PM, PST)
- This Weekend: See Oscar Contenders 'American Hustle,' 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Hobbit,' Plus New Films by Errol Morris and Tyler Perry (From Thompson on Hollywood. 12 December 2013, 12:08 PM, PST)
- Best of 2013: A comparison of Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel (From EW.com - PopWatch. 12 December 2013, 12:00 PM, PST)
- Paul Rudd On ‘Ant-Man’ Rumours (From The Hollywood News. 12 December 2013, 11:59 AM, PST)
- Doctor Who and Sherlock Collide in This Fan-Made Crossover (From GeekTyrant. 12 December 2013, 11:30 AM, PST)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review (From Collider.com. 12 December 2013, 2:06 PM, PST)
- 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' (2013) Movie Review (From Rope Of Silicon. 12 December 2013, 12:30 PM, PST)
- ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review: A Tale Told By an Accountant, Full of Filler, Signifying Nothing (From FilmSchoolRejects. 12 December 2013, 7:00 AM, PST)