THE HOBBIT’S Smaug Gets Its Voice From Benedict Cumberbatch
Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT is slowly coming together, and Deadline reported today that a voice for the dragon named Smaug has finally been confirmed. Benedict Cumberbatch will portray creature via motion capture, the same technique used by Andy Serkis for his character of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.
Cumberbatch is not new to the film – he is already providing the voice for the character of Necromancer. An up-and-coming actor who has steadily been gaining notice in the industry, Cumberbatch has been seen in Danny Boyle’s stage production of Frankenstein, but is perhaps most well known as Sherlock Holmes on the popular BBC/PBS series.
As we previously reported, Jackson’s film will be divided in two parts for its release. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theatres on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There And Back Again will appear in theatres on December 13, 2013.