Cumberbatch teases how we're gonna meet Smaug in The Hobbit films

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

We knew Peter Jackson's now-trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit would feature the famed dragon Smaug, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but what we didn't know is when we might meet him. Now it seems Cumberbatch may have let Jackson's scheme slip.

While promoting a BBC project, Cumberbatch was asked about his role as the dragon in the soon-to-be-blockbuster, and said we should get a peek at him in the first film—but it'll probably be part two before we see him in all his fire-breathing glory:

"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."
Hmm, makes sense, and goes along with Jackson's penchant to always leave you wanting more between movies. But it begs the question: Could that plan change now that The Hobbit is transitioning into three films? We have no idea, but hopefully they won't string out the reveal of Smaug longer than necessary just to meet the film quota.

The first installment in the series, An Unexpected Journey, opens Dec. 14, with subsequent films expected at about the same time the next two years.

What do you think of the plan to delay the big reveal until (at least) the second film?

(Via Bleeding Cool)