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.