The Hobbit Announces New Cast Members

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<i>The Hobbit</i> Announces New Cast Members

Two more actors have been confirmed to join the ever-growing cast of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Deadline reported yesterday that Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch have been added to the cast lineup.

Evans is set to play Bard, a skilled archer and the heir of King Girion of Dale, who was killed by the dragon Smaug. The character, according to the report, has a greater role in the sequel, and “is somewhat reminiscent of the action-hero exploits of Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn.”

Cumberbatch, who portrays Sherlock Holmes in the BBC/PBS series, has been cast to voice the dragon Smaug, along with the voice of the character Necromancer. The actor will portray Smaug via motion capture.

The two actors will join the cast of many Lord of the Rings veterans, including Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is currently being filmed in New Zealand, is set to release December 14, 2012.