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Luke Evans Cast as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'!

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June 16, 2011
Source: Deadline

Luke Evans

"I had you from my father, and he from of old." Rising British actor Luke Evans (from Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers 3D) has just landed a major role in Peter Jackson's already-underway adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit. Deadline reports that Evans will play Bard the Grim (or Bard the Bowman), a skilled archer and heir of Girion of Dale. Those that know the story know that Bard plays a bigger role in the later half, specifically with the dragon Smaug, as he is Laketown's archer. Deadline also says that Smaug still doesn't have a voice, though rumors include Bill Nighy and/or Leonard Nimoy. Go now and speed well!

Deadline explains, as makes sense from the book, that Evans' role is much bigger in the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, due in 2013, similar to the way Viggo Mortensen's role as Aragorn grew in Return of the King. We first meet Bard the Bowman when the party arrives at Laketown near the Lonely Mountain. He is described as a rugged man with a grim personality. He's an archer and carries a special Black Arrow that is used during a key moment with Smaug. Peter Jackson is already shooting both parts of The Hobbit down in New Zealand, and one of the only other key roles still uncast as of yet is that of the voice of Smaug. Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins, and we'll meet Luke Evans as Bard on the journey.

Update!: Following this news, Deadline has also learned that it won't be Nighy or Nimoy, instead it will be up-and-coming British actor Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit movies. Cumberbatch will portray Smaug using motion capture and, apparently, provide the voice. He's also already voicing the character Necromancer in The Hobbit as well. Cumberbatch has been doing TV work in the UK for a number of years, but is just now breaking out with a big role in Danny Boyle's Frankenstein stage production and in Steven Spielberg's upcoming War Horse and Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as well. Glad we finally have a name, but no one I was expecting. Though I still trust in Peter Jackson!

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  • Anonymous
    Fucking sweet man, cant wait!! XD I hope Nimoy ends up voicing Smaug..
  • Alphaman
    Bill Nigh the Smaug Guy!
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      Sadly... he didn't make the cut. :/
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
    C'mon, this is Bard and Smaug guys, I expected more of a reaction than this! Where's all the excitement? If Jackson is confident in Evans, then I'm sure he'll end up fantastic as Bard.
  • Anonymous
    Bring it!!!!
  • PJ
    Tim Curry ala "Legend" would have been sweet as Smaug's voice, or James Earl Jones.
  • Helen
    Hmmm, first reaction was definately a gag reflex. Not sure PJ has that one right at all. Bard needs more balls than Evans ... 
  • Elasstin
    HA, you fucked up there!
  • Dragon6uk
    if you dont know who the smaug voice guy is, buy the new sherlock series on dvd and you will be a fan of his in no time....bilbo baggins plays Dr.watson and he is sherlock........he is also kahn in the new star trek movie

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