The first taste of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Smaug from The Desolation of Smaug trailer was incredible. The voice they’ve managed to create is both terrifying and masterful, suiting the imposing dragon perfectly. Along with the voice, Cumberbatch has also provided motion capture work for animators to work his facial expressions into the Smaug design. And to provide us with some damn funny shots of the one and only, CumberSmaug.
I’m happy to see Cumberbatch really gave his all for the role, even if I’m unsure how much his acting will have influenced the final Smaug animation. We’ll see, I guess. If anything, I’m sure as hell looking forward to the behind the scenes features.