Dragon role of a lifetime
RICHARD Armitage (pictured), one of the Hobbit trilogy stars, is looking forward to seeing Star Trek Into Darkness villain Benedict Cumberbatch play Smaug the dragon just as much as the next person. Armitage plays dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, whose home on The Lonely Mountain was taken by Smaug the Terrible. While he was able to watch Cumberbatch working in the motion capture studio, he is yet to see what Smaug even looks like. ‘‘I’ve seen or heard nothing of the dragon and I don’t think many people have,’’ he says. While people got a glimpse of Smaug’s eye in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the look of the creature will be under wraps until the release of the second part of the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, later this year. Armitage says he hopes Cumberbatch’s extraordinary face and voice come across when we do finally see Smaug. ‘‘There’s a part of me that hopes they’ll use some of his facial bone structure in that dragon, because I think that will only inform the intelligence of that creature,’’ he says. ‘‘Smaug the Terrible has the most incredible intellect and he’s able to unpick Bilbo and get inside of his head,’’ he says. ‘‘I think Benedict’s a great choice for that.’’
Star Trek Into Darkness is screening now. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens on Boxing Day.