Voice Actor For Smaug The Dragon In The Hobbit Revealed

Hot on the heels of the news on who will play Bard, Deadline have another scoop on who will voice the villain of The Hobbit, Smaug The Golden..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 6/16/2011
People thought it might be Ron Pearlman when Guillermo Del Toro was involved, then rumors of Bill Nighy hit, but now Deadline reveal that the actor voicing the Dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies is Benedict Cumberbatch..



After reporting today that Luke Evans will play Bard in the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit and wondering who'll voice the dragon Smaug, Deadline can now tell you that it will be Benedict Cumberbatch. He'll portray Smaug via motion capture. He is already on the picture, providing the voice of the character Necromancer.


So we have this dude on Dragon and Dark Lord duty! Cumberbatch may be a relatively new..and unusual name for many on CBM but the actor is making waves, already nailing down supporting performances in the Steven Spielberg-directed War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.





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Frostbite - 6/16/2011, 6:01 PM
Cool, still wondering how Martin Freeman will film the second series of Sherlock and this at the same time.
RockNRollCC - 6/16/2011, 6:06 PM
Can't wait to see the first images of Smaug. That's gonna be sick
Triptheorist - 6/16/2011, 6:13 PM
Some days I do nothing but walk around and repeat the name "Benedict Cumberbatch". Say it with me, it's fun! BEEEENEDICT CUUUUUUUUMBERBATCH!
JerBear - 6/16/2011, 6:23 PM
No I think his face will just be used to make it move more realistic.
tazmaniak - 6/16/2011, 6:26 PM
@Frostbite, series 2 started filming a month ago, and is supposed to air in the fall.I guess he'll return to The Hobbit when he's done.

Series 3 is what we'll have to worry about, as he'll be deep into filming the Hobbit by then.

Look at Aidan Turner.He had to completely quit Being Human because he'd be tied up with the film for the next 2 years.
DarthTesla - 6/16/2011, 6:34 PM
Wow what a weird name.

Benedict Cumberbatch.

Oh well, still can't wait for these movies!!!
dancingmonkey08 - 6/16/2011, 6:38 PM
ha Sherlock Holmes and Watson in the same movie awesome
Agent13 - 6/16/2011, 7:32 PM
ComicsCommando - 6/16/2011, 7:48 PM
Yesssss... The Hobbit is going to be the shit!
Destroyer14 - 6/16/2011, 7:56 PM
Alright, cannot wait to see this monster on the big screen.
Hickspy - 6/16/2011, 8:07 PM
That's awwwwwwesome.

That guy has such a cryptic voice.
ClosetNerd - 6/16/2011, 9:10 PM
Uh, how are they portraying a dragon via motion capture?
DetBullock - 6/17/2011, 12:03 AM
Sherlock Holmes as Smaug? LOL
kerry67 - 6/17/2011, 12:36 AM
IU'm looking forward to this one a lot. "The Hobbit" was written really as a children's book, and I would love to see it handled with a bit more gravitas.
captcrais101 - 6/17/2011, 2:11 AM
I thought Leonard Nimoy was going to voice Smaug. I hope this movie is not screwed up with the actors that don't have to be in this movie.
smithonator - 6/17/2011, 9:31 AM
I trust in Peter Jackson. The Balrog in the Fellowship of the Ring was a force with which to be reckoned. Smaug will be too.
Nostalgic14 - 6/17/2011, 12:26 PM
I'm surprised. I was really hoping for Christopher Lee, since he wanted to. Peter Jackson has his heart fully in this though, he must be good for the voice.

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