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Breaking: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit?

May 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm by newsfrombree  - 

Tweeted first by BBC Entertainment Reporter Lizo (here), apparently Bilbo Baggins, aka Martin Freeman, has let slip that fellow ‘Sherlock’ actor Benedict Cumberbatch has a role in The Hobbit. Seems like a good pick for casting, but what role will he play? Share your thoughts in our comments, discussion board and on facebook! (Personally, I think he looks rather Elven. But his name is so Hobbitish!)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit on May 22, 2011 by Source: Lizo Breaking: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit? | Discuss
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40 responses to “Breaking: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit?”

  1. Georgie says:


    Have you hear him?

    It would be perfect.

  2. Magraith says:

     He might play one of Elrond’s sons, Elladan or Elrohir maybe? they could be at the meeting of Elrond with the Dwarves and Bilbo when the Elven swords are recognised and named.

  3. If it’s true, I think of a Elven role too. He’s very tall and elven-face like.

  4. Amy Estep says:

     Yeah… definitely someone Elvish.

  5. Martina says:

    He once answered the question what he would most like to play with “Smaug in The Hobbit” – so that would just be brilliant regarding his voice.

  6. NAILS35226 says:


  7. MarieMJS says:

    I think he could be the voice of Smaug…

  8. Christine Berni 12 says:

    Some are speculating that he’ll be the voice of Smaug, as he seems to have mentioned wanting to do that at some point in the past. He certainly has a great voice for it, and has shown great voice acting skills in the many audiobooks and radio plays he’s done!

  9. Beorn is my personal tip 🙂

  10. Amphitrite says:

    That would be wonderful if Mr. Cumberbatch was in The Hobbit! I don’t really care who he would play, I’d just like him in the film! lol. 

  11. Pin Pin Chen says:

     什麼?!BC要參加The Hobbit演出?!!!天啊BC和Martin Freeman跟Richard Armitage硬是要湊一起嗎?XDDD

  12. Rjvavili says:

     Bard the bowman

  13. The new Itaril? 🙂 

    Anyone but Bard, please.

  14. hee7 says:


  15. Ian Bradley says:

     I think it may just be a rather big role that was intended to be kept secret, judging by Cumberbatch’s slightly shocked reaction and Martin Freeman looked rather regretful. Hmm…

  16. Lindsay Metcalf says:

    That  would be awesome if he were in it martin Freeman and Him do amazing in Sherlock

  17. hee7 says:

    I never thought of that! Then again, any sort of Hobbit casting is treated as top-secret. One can hope!

  18. ajn3 says:

    I would guess he’s going to play Thranduil – seems a perfect role for him.

  19. Willowing says:

    Is Benedict replacing someone already cast?  The mystery deepens. 

  20. Anonymous says:

    Bearn is already cast (by Mikael Persbrandt).

  21. neorion says:

    I think he will play Frodo’s father.

  22.  WHAT? When did this happen? THIS WOULD BE BRILLIANT!!!!

  23. Jeb1324 says:

    This is so cool! He is an amazing actor! WOO HOO Can’t wait to see who he plays! 

  24.  I cannot picture him as a hobbit, sorry… >< But man would he be a kick ass elf… 

  25. laura says:

    Since Thranduil is already cast, I’d suggest Bard the Bowman. Whatever role he plays, he’s likely to be brilliant.

  26. AfraR says:

    A person’s real last name shouldn’t qualify them for a role, besides he looks too elvish. If he is not the voice of Smaug, he might be Cirdan and sit as a member of the White Council or a ‘new’ elf.

  27. cindyriddle says:

    er I’m thinking Bard… or none..
    for some reason I keep thinking they’re cracking a joke.. not that he can’t be in it.. just.. don’t know.. I mean, Bard.. er.. or perhaps.. hm.. Aragorn’s dad? i mean, they have to put that somewhere.. seeing Aragorn was 10 years old while the hobbit happen… (arcodding to the book at least..)

    …an elf would be nice, but no, i can’t imagine he being.. Arwen’s brothers (twins) ..just.. can’t.. 😛

  28. Thisisahorsegal says:

    he’ll play smaug and the necromancer. (spelling??)

  29. Thisisahorsegal says:

    he’ll play smaug and the necromancer. (spelling??)

  30. Thisisahorsegal says:

    he’ll play smaug and the necromancer. (spelling??)

  31. Thisisahorsegal says:

    he’ll play smaug and the necromancer. (spelling??)

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