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Benedict Cumberbatch on Smaug appearance in 'The Hobbit'

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Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about the structure of his appearances in the Hobbit trilogy.

The actor plays the role of Smaug the dragon using motion capture technology, and has hinted that his presence in the first film may be very limited.

Benedict Cumberbatch at the 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' film premiere, BFI Southbank, London - 13 Sep 2011

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"I think my eye might open at the end of the first film, and then you'll get the rest of me in the second," Cumberbatch said, during an interview as quoted by Cumberbatchweb.

It was confirmed last month that The Hobbit will be adapted into three films rather than two as originally planned.

Cumberbatch's Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman plays the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, while returning cast members from Lord of the Rings include Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14. Watch a trailer below:

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