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Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” adds two, finds Smaug’s voice

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At this rate, it sounds like Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” adaptation will be adding cast members right up until the first film’s opening in December 2012.

Two new actors have joined the ensemble. Luke Evans (“Clash of the Titans”) and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in Jackson’s two-part epic, which currently is being filmed in New Zealand. Deadline, which broke the story, says Evans will play Bard the Bowman, who assists Bilbo Baggins as he battles the dragon Smaug.

EW.com, which confirmed the Cumberbatch hire, says the actor will provide the voice for Smaug the dragon and do “performance capture for the scaly, gold-hoarding villain.” Fans of Cumberbatch klnow that he co-stars with “Hobbit” lead Martin Freeman in the BBC series “Sherlock,” so the two should be right at home alongside each other for the “Hobbit” shoot.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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