Benedict Cumberbatch, owner of the best damn name in the history of British television, will be playing not one, but two characters in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit Part 1: An Unexpected Journey” (yeah, still not a fan of that title). Deadline reports that the “Sherlock” actor will be providing the voice and motion-capture for the dragon Smaug, pissed off cup owner in the first “Hobbit” movie, as well as the voice for a character called Necromancer.
As I recall, Cumberbatch’s involvement in “The Hobbitt” was spoiled by his “Sherlock” and “The Hobbit” star Martin Freeman weeks ago back stage at a British Awards ceremony, though the exact specifics escapes me. Now you can take it to the bank — the Cumberbatch is doing The Hobbit.
Another casting note: Luke Evans will play Bard.
Besides Freeman, Cumberbatch joins Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Jeffrey Thomas, and Mike Mizrahi.