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We finally hear Cumberbatch speak as Smaug in new Hobbit trailer

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Oct 1, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

A lengthy new trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug has been released, giving us our first real look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug and Evangeline Lilly’s ass-kicking elf warrior.

Director Peter Jackson has gone to great lengths in an effort to tell a story as epic as his previous Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the latest footage certainly looks the part. The dwarf gang’s journey gets even wilder here, as Bilbo continues to hide the powerful discovery he made in the first film.

But the cool stuff is the new stuff. We finally get to hear Cumberbatch’s growling voice as the namesake dragon, as he stalks Bilbo through a room full of gold. It’s a breathtaking shot, and we can’t wait to see it on the big screen. We also get a little mystery surrounding Lilly’s new elf Tauriel, which looks to add some spice to the drama.

The second film in the Hobbit trilogy opens Dec. 13, with the final installment coming next year.

Check out the footage above and let us know what you think.