Photos: Cumberbatch Plays Smaug For “Hobbit”

While we don’t get a proper glimpse of Smaug the Dragon until the release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in December, photos have gone up at The One Ring today showcasing actor Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) when he was at work in the role.

Cumberbatch provides the voice for the role and is seen here decked out in motion-capture gear with elements of his performance being translated into the face of the digitally created dragon we’ll see on screens.