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Luke Evans Joins The Hobbit
And Benedict Cumberbatch in as Smaug

17 June 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Luke Evans Joins The Hobbit

Though the films have been shooting for several weeks already, the lengthy production on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again and the wealth of characters to cast means there are several names still to be added. So we have two new faces today. Well, one and a half… And one of those likely won’t have his face shown at all. But let’s start with the true new arrival: Luke Evans has nabbed the role of Bard the Bowman.

Bard is the son and heir of Girion, the last king of old Dale. A haunted type, he carries the emotional baggage of his father’s slaughter by the dragon Smaug and became known as “the grim” because of his sour disposition. But, as his name suggests, he’s also a skilled archer, a talent that comes in useful when Bard has his own confrontation with the scaly, treasure-hoarding beast.

Talking of Smaug, the dragon is now one of the reasons why Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch has been hired on to the film. While he was already set to play the voice of a mysterious character called the Necromancer (who – spoiler alert – turns out to be none other than Sauron in the later stories), Deadline reports that he’s also going to be slipping into a motion capture suit to portray Smaug, while using his particular vocal tones to bring the creature’s growl to life.

Evans will next be seen in Immortals and then The Three Musketeers, while Cumberbatch, in addition to his work on the next series of Holmes adventures, will be on cinema screens in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and War Horse.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will arrive next year, followed in 2013 by The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

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Smaug and Necromancer-Perfect Casting!
There still seems to be a little apprehansion around Benedict Cumberbatch still as an actor and dont worry. He is truly one of the most promising, talented british actors at the moment. I am thrilled at his casting in the movies and seeing him in films by Spielberg and Jackson its really gonna boost his status which he deserves. And C'MON! We're going to experiance John Watson as a hobbit face up to the Sherlock dragon...wonder how that turn out with the frankly obvious attraction there. but ser More

Posted by Rhos at 09:18 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

Woohoo for Benedict! As long as this doesn't interfere with the new Sherlock series I'm all for it :D I mean...come on. How much longer are they going to tease us with that cliffhanger! (my bet is a dive in the pool saves the day). More

Posted by nclowe at 11:04 on 19 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: What - Brian Blessed not available?
Smaug had Ian McShane's name all over it. Never mind. More

Posted by olijoy at 09:52 on 18 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: What - Brian Blessed not available?
I beat empire to this by about a day. More

Posted by Spaldron at 19:12 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

What - Brian Blessed not available?
Bilbo's alive!!!! Think about it. He'd be great. Him or Vin Diesel, yeah? More

Posted by Porter at 19:08 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Not a British baddie cliche Gazme- all the character's in Middle Earth seem to speak with English accents. So, yeah, that's all the baddies...but all the goodies too. Frankly it makes me feel patriotic having Smaug as a fellow Brit anyway lol More

Posted by Cyberleader at 17:56 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Sauron and Smaug?
British baddy cliché strikes again! Though it is awesome news, as he is awesome...and I hear all the dirty girls like him... More

Posted by Gazme at 17:21 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

L: CrystalTear looks good. but i would have liked ron pearlman as smaug oh, I so see where you're coming from there... More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 17:07 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Benedict Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor- watch Sherlock and Amazing Grace to see my justification for this. These films are going to own! :-) More

Posted by Radical_Duck at 11:45 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Benedict Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor- watch Sherlock and Amazing Grace to see my justification for this. These films are going to own! :-) More

Posted by Radical_Duck at 11:01 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Perfect casting- this is what i wanted! More

Posted by Cyberleader at 10:32 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Thrilled Cumberbatch is Smaug. I;m greedy I;d have love d him as Bard the Bowman too. More

Posted by acertree at 08:50 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

looks good. but i would have liked ron pearlman as smaug More

Posted by CrystalTear at 08:46 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

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