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We may finally have our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, Smaug, from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A photo was taken of a sculpture of a dragon which was in a Wellington, New Zealand theater that is normally reserved for Peter Jackson related film memorabilia.

This is definitely a stretch, but the folks over at TheOneRing.net have released a fan photo of a dragon sculpture that could potentially be Smaug the dragon, which will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The theater in which this photo was taken is supposedly “reserved for statues of characters from Peter Jackson films. They’ve had TinTin, Gandalf, Gollum etc…”

As we do get a look at Smaug’s eye and snout in the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we can compare them to the sculptures. Feel free to make your own assumptions, but we think if this isn’t a sculpture of Smaug, it definitely shares a similar design, albeit on a smaller scale of course. Click on the photo below to take a better look:

The Hobbit the desolation of smaug dragon first look

Smaug from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’


TheOneRing has updated their article multiple times, saying that they’re somewhat doubting the validity of this sculpture being the first look at Smaug, mostly due to the fact that the studio usually contacts them fairly quickly when images or details leak that they don’t want public yet – but what has us intrigued are the dragon’s eyes.

Sir Ian McKellen recently discussed Smaug and while he said that everyone was excited, he also said, “none of us have seen the finished Smaug yet, but I saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s screen test, and it was very impressive.” We think the sculpture’s brow is very similar to the one seen in the first film, but the snout in the picture is definitely more bird-like than what is seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We’ll make sure to keep fans up to date on any Smaug leaks, as we’re also curious how The Hobbit’s historic dragon will turn out on screen.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug release date is set for December 13, 2013. So far we’ve only seen one official still from the film, though Jackson hosted a first look in March.

  • http://twitter.com/themeels Amelia Brown

    That looks just like what I initially imagined Smaug to look like.

  • Lucki

    It’s a nice looking dragon but I always imagined Smaug as being enourmous. Watching Stark Trek yesterday got me so excited to see/hear Benedict in The Hobbit though. I officially love that man’s voice.

    • http://dft.ba/-alex-ander Alex Ander

      … This is a model, not to scale.

      • Lucki

        Yeah I know, I meant bigger as in like muscly, less sleek and serpentine looking…

        • http://dft.ba/-alex-ander Alex Ander

          Oh, I see.

        • http://3d.about.com JustinSlick

          How to Train Your Dragon had the ultimate boss dragon. That thing was a brute.

    • SherlockUSA

      Ditto. On both counts!!

    • Alice

      Totally agree! He is such a kick-ass villain in that movie :D

  • Ultron

    Why does he have a beak? Fake.

    • brothers charles

      Dragons don’t have beaks. Or wings. Or breathe fire because it’s ALL fake!

      • Ultron

        O you’re so funny! All this time I thought dragons were real! What I meant was that I think this is fake because most dragons have snouts and not beaks. He looks like a pterodactyl.

        • Jeremy

          I may need to brush up on my dinosaur history, but I don’t think pterodactyls have four legs…It’s definitely a dragon, but probably not the actual Smaug. Could just be one of the renditions WETA has done. In the behind the scenes videos they had dozens of different models for other creatures.

        • http://twitter.com/scsinutz scsinutz

          FAKE, as in Not the dragon used in the movie. Someone posted this to trick people. I think is what you meant.

        • brothers charles

          i wasn’t trying to imply that you did think they were real creatures, sorry if it read that way. It just seems odd to label it as fake just because it has a beak. Can any of us say we REALLY know what a dragon looks like? Even though i don’t think this is going to be the final design they use for the movies, this model does have a certain pompous and grandiose quality that i would be expecting from the character of Smaug. But that’s just me

  • db

    Not real. This looks like a cliche of an RPG dragon. Doesn’t even have jewels on it’s belly.

    • Lucki

      The scale pattern round the eye in the film is much finer than that on the model as well =)

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