The very talented Benedict Cumberbatch has been a rising star for a while, coming to most people’s attention with his brilliant portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC smash-hit Sherlock. Cumberbatch, with the most Englishy English name in history, will be seen in JJ Abrams Star Trek sequel, titled Star Trek Into Darkness, as the villain. He will also be popping up in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy- or two of the films at least.
Smaug the dragon will be partly motion captured and brought to life by the amazing Weta works studio. Cumberbatch comments on doing the mo-cap while talking with TotalFilm:
It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors. I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually. And you have to be. You have to be free. You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building. It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. Then the boys at Weta work their magic.
The second film in The Hobbit trilogy is subtitled The Desolation of Smaug, which will certainly feature him in a prominent role, but fans might want to keep a look out in the first flick coming this December:
I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.
Cumberbatch is a great addition to The Hobbit, with a perfect voice for a menacing character such as Smaug. Racking up roles in The Hobbit and Star Trek won’t keep Sherlock behind schedule thankfully. Martin Freeman and Cumberbatch are both set to start production on the third season of Sherlock next year. With Cumberbatch’s continual rise to super stardom, maybe a comic book movie will be in his future. Maybe something a little STRANGE perhaps?
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