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Squeeee! Benedict Cumberbatch is doing Smaug - er that didn't come out right

Posted on 2011.11.23 at 00:49
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
I fell totally in love with actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the Sherlock Holmes series, (the DVDs were sent to me by my dear capella_fic ).  In the Hobbit I understand he's playing both the Necromancer and Smaug.  They just released a note that he'll be doing Smaug's action in motion capture.  Oh I can't wait.  Here's the article.   And the text of the article.

Benedict Cumberbatch will not only provide the voice of the dragon Smaug The Magnificent, he will perform the role using the motion capture technology pioneered by Andy Serkis and Weta Digital, according to the actor himself.

The design of the most iconic villain in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and indeed probably the greatest literary great worm of the 20th Century, remains a secret and a key ingredient of Peter Jackson’s two part movie adaptation due in December 2012 and December 2013. The actor, the title character acting opposite Martin Freeman in the BBC’s Sherlock, revealed to Collider during a press junket that he hasn’t done his Hobbit stint yet and that he will not only provide the voice for the creature but perform him as well. You can see the video or read the interview right here



spiced_wine at 2011-11-23 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
that he will not only provide the voice for the creature but perform him as well

Wow, that sounds awfully cool, doesn't it?

More little tantalizing peeks into The Hobbit. PJ or his people know how to gradually turn the screw.
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-23 23:39 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure the movie is going to be terrific. I just wish I could see it with a bunch of my Lj buddies.
spiced_wine at 2011-11-24 09:29 (UTC) (Link)
I just wish I could see it with a bunch of my Lj buddies.

That would be a great way to spend a day, and talk about it after over a drink and meal.
heartofoshun at 2011-11-23 20:15 (UTC) (Link)
OK. That could work. I am actually always aware watching Merlin that the voice and facial expressions of the dragon are John Hurt.

Still more excited about next season of A Game of Thrones than The Hobbit. I'd rather think about The Silmarillion although I should not wish for that; I am sure they would get it all wrong in the most awful way imaginable. All black and white and puritanical, instead of grey and sexy.

Edited at 2011-11-23 08:16 pm (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-23 23:40 (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's right the dragon's face is modeled after Hurt, isn't it? I'm sure this will be interesting.
I'm not sure if they'll ever make a movie of the Silm and of course what part would they pick?
heartofoshun at 2011-11-24 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
It is the same sort of computer technology. The creature is superimposed over the real actor. I'm not explaining that very well. Like Gollum in LotR.
alexcat at 2011-11-23 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
I love this boy in Sherlock Holmes and I think he'll make a delightful Smaug! I think Watson/Bilbo are well cast too. I am looking forward to the movie.
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-23 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
Didn't you just adore the BBC series? I fell in love too and yes, how much fun that Martin Freeman will be Bilbo. I wonder if they'll get to see each other on the set. Hobbit/Holmes crossover anyone?
alexcat at 2011-11-23 23:56 (UTC) (Link)
Can't you just imagine Cumberpatch's Holmes snooping around Bag End?
nelyo_russandol at 2011-11-23 22:12 (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I'd love to see him as the Necromancer, not just hear his voice. I reckon he could do a most caustic Sauron. I'd love it. Maybe I should ditch all the pretty boys and go for him instead...

I read recently he goes about crawling on the floor to practice wormy moves. LOL.
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-23 23:43 (UTC) (Link)
Have you heard that he's only playing the Necromancer's voice, and we won't actually see him? I hadn't heard that.

Benedict will be great, I have no doubt. Oooh, I can see the flood of fic.
nelyo_russandol at 2011-11-24 00:03 (UTC) (Link)
No, I haven't heard the stuff saying he will only do the voices, but there was something about doing the voices. That's not true of Smaug now, so maybe it's the same for the Necromancer? Though he doesn't appear in The Hobbit. Maybe they'll add some adventure and angst in Dol Guldur or something.

angelica_ramses at 2011-11-23 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
Sherlock Holmes has not reached the Far South so I had heard this boy's name but never seen him. I seem to remember reading in some place that he might make a good Maedhros in the impossible Silm movie. Now I see why the choice!
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-23 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
If you can get the BBC version of Sherlock Holmes, it's well worth it. It's a modern day remake of SH, complete with cell phones and use of the internet. Both Cumberbatch and Freeman are great. And Cumberbatch in action is wonderful. To my mind, he's even better looking in action because he's quite charismatic. He's perfect for Holmes, imho, brilliant, incisive, somewhat abrasive and loves showing up the less intellectually gifted. But at his core he needs a friend and Watson, a doctor recently back from Afghanistan with a psychosomatic wounded leg, becomes the perfect partner/roommate. See if you can find it on the net somewhere.

Here's a bit from youtube: http://youtu.be/im4TYITM0VE

Edited at 2011-11-24 12:15 am (UTC)
engarian at 2011-11-24 00:28 (UTC) (Link)
This sounds really interesting. Fortunately there will be enough interesting things in the movie to justify my going to see it, even though I really don't like "The Hobbit" as a book. There will still be Middle Earth to love and characters to enjoy.

- Erulisse (one L)
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-25 06:11 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, The Hobbit was my introduction to Middle-earth when I was 13 and I love it for that, even though it's much more a children's book than LOTR is.
engarian at 2011-11-25 11:08 (UTC) (Link)
Although I picked up The Hobbit when I was 10, I thought it was boring and put it back on the shelf. I started LOTR when I was 14 and couldn't put it down. I've been an addict ever since. I did force myself to read The Hobbit when I was older, and have read it several times, but nothing like the every-six-months reading I gave LOTR for more than 15 years. And nothing close to the many, many times I've read The Silmarillion.

- Erulisse (one L)
shadowbrides at 2011-11-24 15:05 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, I can definitely see him as the Necromancer. I was only aware of his voicing Smaug, so this is a pleasant surprise. I second I-hope-he's-visible thing. I could definitely see him as Sauron. Then again I can't really imagine PJ portraying evil in a very a human way, so it'll probably be mostly CGI again...
elfscribe5 at 2011-11-25 06:18 (UTC) (Link)
I agree totally. I think he'd be a fabulous, and very sexy Necromancer. Gah, this movie is still a year away. I think it'll be so much fun when it comes out since it's now been a very long time since I could squee with my fanfic buds over LOTR.
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