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Smaug, Bard Cast for HOBBIT

Smaug the Dragon and Bard the Bowman found for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 16, 2011
Source: Deadline


Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman teamed up in SHERLOCK HOLMES
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It seems that Smaug and his arrow-pointing nemesis have joined the production for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit and its sequel on the same day. We have two Hobbit-related stories to pass along with Luke Evans being the latest to cast for the role of Bard the Bowman while that villainous destroyer of his beloved Lake Town, Smaug the Dragon, has been set in the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch.

It's a reunion of sorts for fans of BBC's "Sherlock Holmes" with Cumberbatch being remembered as the one to star opposite Martin Freeman (the younger Bilbo) in the TV series. The actor actually revealed that he was set for a role in Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Hobbit: There and Back Again last month at the 2011 BAFTA Awards but later fretted over whether spilling the beans cost him the role. Apparently not. He is now the voice of Smaug.

With the additions of Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch, the ensemble cast continues to grow, also including Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner. Returning director Peter Jackson is at the helm, based on a screenplay he wrote with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in 3D/2D/IMAX theaters December 14, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again hits a year later in 3D/2D/IMAX theaters December 13, 2013.


Thanks to Pendragon0 for the submission.

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lusiphur 6/17/2011 6:49:45 AM

 Very cool.  Cumberbatch's voice will serve nicely as Smaug. 

On a side note, if your last name is Cumberbatch, would you burdon your son with the first name of Benedict?  My how his parents must have hated him.  ;-)

Pendragon0 6/17/2011 7:36:18 AM

The article also states he's supposed to be the Necromancer as well, who's Sauron, of course.

momitchell7 6/17/2011 10:02:58 AM

So, I guess the Leonard Nimoy for Smaug was just a rumor, huh? I could have sworn that had been cast as fact.

Wiseguy 6/17/2011 10:07:07 AM

I have no idea who any of these guys are but I trust PJ so that's good enough for me.

violator14 6/17/2011 1:33:46 PM

ya, wth is a Smaug?? lol

krathwardroid 6/17/2011 3:37:34 PM

Yeah, I second that on the Leonard Nimoy announcement. I guess they have to keep Middle-Earth inhabitants predominantly British. :P Well, anyway, I'm sure this will be good. 

DeeJay4ADay 6/17/2011 5:02:59 PM

Momi... if not Smaug, then maybe Nimoy might get to voice on eo f the eagles?

Speaking of which, I wonder if Jackson will allow them to fly simply by a form of magic or, perhaps, he'll distorty their proportions (making the wingspan wider, etc.) in order to make them more reality-based? Of course, in a movie with a giant dragon, I recognize that last question might be a bit pointless.

tmswyrb 6/18/2011 9:52:32 AM

Smaug is the dragon that destroyed the dwarves that resided in the "Lonely Mountain" or Sindarin Erebor as it's real name in the realm of Middle Earth... He's still residing there, hence the trip by the dwarves and Bilbo to the mountain, to remove him... Can't wait to see what he'll look like... The voice will do him much justice...

LadyBrowncoat 6/19/2011 10:08:28 AM

 I think this is an excellent choice!

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