The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Martin Scorsese’s 3D debut, is one of the most anticipated films of this year.

Not least it will give moviegoers the chance to see how the filmmaker adapts to the extra dimension, but for me Brian Selznick’s wonderful story is enough to get me into the cinema.

A crucial part of the story involves the orphaned Hugo discovering and repairing an automaton (an automatic device – a robot, or self-operating machine if you will) which, he believes, will deliver a message from his father. The film’s twitter account posted this very cool image a few moments ago – out first look at the all important machine.

The cast Scorsese has assembled is particularly impressive with Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield leading the cast of Sir Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Emily Mortimer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Christopher Lee, some of whom we’ve already seen in costume on set.

The film has just finished filming and is set to be released on the 9th of December 2011. All we need now is a trailer…

Here’s the pic,

Image removed at the request of the studio