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Benedict Cumberbatch Spills Some Info on His 'Hobbit' Appearence

With a brilliant performance in the Sherlock TV series, as well as an upcoming part as the main villain of Star Trek 2, Benedict Cumberbatch is establishing himself as the next big geek icon.  Cast him as the next Doctor and we'll get fanboys to have seizures.  Of course, Cumberbatch also has a roll in the three Hobbit films as the voice of Smaug, the villanous dragon.  He doesn't show up towards the end of the book but Cumberbatch hints that things might be different for the trilogy.

In a recent interview with Blastr, Cumberbatch said "I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you'll get the rest of me in the second."  Makes sense, they'd have to do some pretty intense plot gymnastics to strongly work Smaug into the plot any earlier.  Of course, it's also worth noting that this all change with the introduction of a third film into the Hobbit saga.  Unless Peter Jackson plans to continue the series for one movie after the main villain has been killed, the main battle against Smaug will be pushed back to the third film.  I also can't help but wonder how Cumberbatch, known for his stoic performances, will pull off the voice of a dragon.  Any Tolkien fans out there have an opinion on this?

Reader Comments (3)

Even if he is the lead in Sherlock, he comes out more as a villain doesn't he? As reflected in his other roles.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlockbuster Diva

@Diva he's not in villainous roles in last year's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, and his next role in McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave is a "kinder" slave owner (for no better words to describe) opposite crueler slave owners portrayed by Dano and Fassbender. He's rather versatile if you take a look at his back catalogue.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHideaki

He's not done many villain roles at all. Most of them are fascinating, kind, sweet characters e.g. Stuart a Life Backwards or Hawking or Third Star. I get tired of reading snap judgements on him.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBet

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