I Think This Is Smaug As We'll See Him In The Hobbit Movies – UPDATED

Over the years, the Roxy Cinema in Wellington, New Zealand, has played host to many Peter Jackson-related statues, from Gollum to Tintin. It now seems that they've just taken receipt of another.

Here's a photo of a dragon sculpture that was installed in the cinema at some time over the last day or two. Nobody has confirmed that this is a model of the movie Smaug, but I find it hard to believe it would be anything else. It's the likeness to Benedict Cumberbatch that has me totally convinced.

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Here's how readers of The One Ring explained the finding of the statue:

So, we went to the new Star Trek movie last night at Roxy Cinema here in Miramar, Wellington and when we came out a statue was sitting in the middle of the foyer which either we missed or was put there during the movie. Not saying it's Smaug or anything…

No? Well I am. I may end up with egg on my face, but I'm pretty darn sure the signs all read "Smaug."

UPDATE: The cinema is officially saying that this is the dragon from the Weta animated series Jane and the Dragon. Except it isn't. It's nothing like any of the dragon images from that show. I think they're just practising a bit of CYA…