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HOBBIT NEWS - Luke Evans Joins the Cast & Cumberbatch is Smaug
A new cast member has just been announced for the Hobbit films. This information was exclusive to <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/luke-evans-to-play-bard-in-the-hobbit/" target="_blank">Deadline.com</a> and is as follows: <br /><br />"Luke Evans has bagged the role of Bard in The Hobbit, a last major part that Peter Jackson hadn’t cast in a production that’s underway in New Zealand. Bard the Grim is a skilled archer, and the heir of King Girion of Dale. The king was killed by the talking dragon Smaug. The character plays a greater role in the second film, and is somewhat reminiscent of the action-hero exploits of Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn, I’m told."<br /><br />Also news is just in from Deadline.com that Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed be providing the voice of Smaug, confirming a rumour that has been the source of much talk on the net. He will be portraying the dragon via motion capture and is also providing the voice of Necromancer.
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Warner Bros, New Line Cinema and MGM have just announced the titles for the Hobbit films along with the expected release dates. December 14th, 2012 will see the release of <i>"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"</i> followed by <i>"The Hobbit: There and Back Again"</i> on December 13th 2013. <br /><br />Also Peter Jackson has started a "20 questions" via his facebook page and today answered the first one. After being asked "are we going to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldor?" Peter replied: <br><br /><i>"I'm not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool".</i> <br><br />He then continued with; <i>"In fact to celebrate the start of these 20 questions, I'll show you an exclusive photo of the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur! Even if you don't want to be hit with spoilers, you should still take a look. For the first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons....</i><br /><br />To see this image click <a href="http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m592/Arwen-Undomiel/The%20Hobbit%20-%20Sets/The%20Hobbit%20-%20Cast%20and%20Crew/whitecouncil.jpg" target="_blank">here</a>. And don't forget to check out our other Hobbit images in the <a href="http://s1133.photobucket.com/albums/m592/Arwen-Undomiel/" target="_blank">gallery</a>.
It's official - Orlando Bloom will be returning as Legolas. Orlando has been dropping more than enough hints over the past few weeks, but his appearance has now been confirmed by Peter Jackson and Legolas is set to once again, grace our screens. Peter stated "Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older�and he doesn’t! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf".<br /><br />Richard Taylor has been awarded an honourary doctorate which recognises his contribution to the film industry and to the Wellington creative community over the past quarter of a century. As co-founder of Weta Workshop he has been a key player in putting New Zealand film making on the map.
According to Martin Freeman who let slip last night after an awards show, his <i>"Sherlock Holmes"</i> co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on for the film, but as to what role he is playing, Freeman is keeping a tight lip. "I can't say at the moment, thank you very much. I knew I was a sort of a big mouth but I didn't realise to what extent I was a big mouth, and I've just ruined everything. I might not actually go back to a job - they might have just sacked me."<br /><br />His "ruining everything" might indicate that Cumberbatch is playing a much anticipated role or that they were simply not yet ready to announce another cast member.<br /><br />