'Desolation Of Smaug': Benedict Cumberbatch In Action, Amazing Photos!

Some amazing photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in action, filming for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug are making the rounds online.

The photos show Cumberbatch in action in front of a green screen, making what presumably are the dragon's movements.

The British actor's appearance in Desolation Of Smaug is highly anticipated by fans and has been kept secret for about two years. Kudos to director Peter Jackson for the almost impossible feat, in the days of internet and 24/7 news.

Now, finally, some photos of what it was like for the thesp to film the evil creature are surfacing and it gives us a good perspective of the intensity of the role.

Much like Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum in motion capture, Benedict Cumberbatch has to do all the movements the dragon makes for his scenes and it looks pretty exhausting.

Desolation Of Smaug will give us a first good look at the dragon created by J.R.R. Tolkien in his novel The Hobbit, which Jackson brings to life in his latest trilogy.

The images are said to be screencaptures of The Hobbit Extended Edition special features (available to download from iTunes now), according to Tolkien Nerd on Flickr.

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In case you are not familiar with the technology and how it works, here is a simple description:

"Motion capture in film refers to recording actions of human actors, and using that information to animate digital character models in 2D or 3D computer animation. When it includes face and fingers or captures subtle expressions, it is often referred to as performance capture."

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and New Line Cinema are getting ready for a very busy few months as they promote the new installment in The Hobbit saga.

The new photos of Benedict Cumberabatch are sure to get fans very excited about finally meeting the Dragon in Desolation Of Smaug, coming to theaters on December 13.

[Images via TolkienNerd, TheOneRing.net]