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Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug in The Hobbit

Sherlock bears his teeth for his role as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

In The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug, Bilbo will be going up against the fire-breathing treasure-hoarder Smaug, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sherlock himself will be putting in a mo-cap performance, which looks pretty intense according to these behind-the-scenes photos, courtesy of Flickr user Tolkiennerd.

They’re in fact screenshots taken from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Extended Edition revealinghow Cumberbatch brought the dragon to life, even getting down on all fours. That’s some feat of imagination, especially while dressed in tracksuit bottoms and sporting a face full of little dots!

Still, the actor looks convincingly ‘in the zone’, bellowing and bearing his teeth. You can check out the results of his efforts in a couple of months’ time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is in cinemas 13 December 2013. You can buy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey now for £10 on DVD£15 on Blu-ray and £15.99 on Blu-ray 3D.