Doing the rounds for his upcoming BBC mini-series "Parade's End," which starts this Friday, the actor was candid about how much we'll see of him in the first outing of Jackson's epic, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," telling journalist Anne Richardson: "I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second." And we presume the third movie as well, though it remains to be seen what Jackson will be brining to the final chapter.
For those of you still playing catch up, Cumberbatch will portray and voice the dragon via performance capture in the film(s), who lives on the Lonely Mountain atop a vast amount of treasure, which Bilbo and co. go to reclaim. But as you might guess from the franchise that is now spread to three movies, that journey will take a while with Smaug only making his presence really felt in part two.
So is Peter Jackson stretching this (relatively) simple Tolkien story too thin, or will he surprise us all with something a bit deeper and more layered than we thought? We'll see when 'An Unexpected Journey' arrives on December 14th. [via Bleeding Cool]