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Benedict Cumberbatch as Bard the Bowman?

May 25, 2011 at 10:44 am by MrCere  - 

Just down the board from this post is a report originating from a New Zealand television station about Benedict Cumberbatch joining ‘The Hobbit’ cast. The non-by-lined article (from the TV station, not the one here) suggests from “early reports” that Cuberbatch might be in line to voice the dragon Smaug. We don’t know if “early reports” means the writer asked somebody at a desk nearby who was left to be cast, but this seems, at best, suspicious. That isn’t to say that the reporter doesn’t have some good information, but if they do they sure don’t sound confident about it. It wasn’t even written with the journalism phrase “unnamed sources” or “a source close to the production” but rather went with something that seems to actually mean, “I might be making this up and using the name Smaug will get a lot of attention.” The author, besides not having a name, cites no source and doesn’t link to any of the “early reports” referenced.

A far more likely choice and a character that Cumberbatch looks something like: Bard the Bowman. He possesses a bit of menace and is taller and robust, much that a way the leader of men might be. He might be believable as an excellent archer as well. The actor has had a good year, playing with Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) in the BBC’s “Sherlock,” and also landing a spot in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” a World War I drama. So, he might make an excellent Bard but, this is also speculation so until we hear from director Peter Jackson on Facebook or hear from WB in an official press release, don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Meanwhile, be sure to check out our page of “Hobbit” characters right here.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit on May 25, 2011 by Benedict Cumberbatch as Bard the Bowman? | Discuss
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12 responses to “Benedict Cumberbatch as Bard the Bowman?”

  1. Elanor Lawrence says:

    Please, no… If this guy played in Sherlock I’m sure he’s good, but I just REALLY want David Tennant to play Bard…

  2. There are logical reasons why the rumours are suggesting Smaug.  All of Smaug’s scenes are with Bilbo, and Freeman and Cumberbatch will have the same shooting schedule for Sherlock.  Also, Smaug’s voice would seem like a perfect fit for Cumberbatch’s.  Finally, Cumberbatch has expressed a desire to play the part of Smaug.

    Contrast that to Bard.  Cumberbatch’s looks are more along the lines of those expected for Elves in PJ-verse.  His voice and accent are also more cultured than one would expect for the grim soldier that Bard is.  FInally, he doesn’t have the physical build of a soldier.

    So how do you figure Bard is “far more likely” when you state that your speculation has absolutely no basis either?  Seems you’re projecting your own desires, rather than reporting.

  3. ruthiestro says:

    This would be my preferred role for him. Fingers crossed.

  4. Naitis1 says:

    I thought Townsend had been cast already in that role ! ?

  5. poppy says:

    Hmm… but frankly, any tall, reasonably attractive and halfway-decent actor can play Bard.

    It takes a special actor to be the voice of one of the great dragons of Middle Earth.

    Cumberbatch would be a fine Bard, as would several other actors, but he is one of the few people on this Earth who could pull off Smaug! 

  6. Coffeeborn says:

    Not right for that part. He could be an elf!

  7. Tieriadylandy73 says:

    I thought that Stuart Townsend was playing Bard?I am not familiar with Mr. Cumberbatch’s work.At least they cast people every one is familiar with.

  8. Victor says:

    Definitely not the man for Bard…

  9. Victor says:

    Definitely not the man for Bard…

  10. Longshanks the Archer says:

    I have doubts if someone with such a light frame could be believable as Bard.  Benedict quite frankly doesn’t have the upper body build to be a Bowman.  I am a Longbowman who regularly pulls an 80lb Medieval Warbow. You need a wide chest and back to do this, plus stacked arms.

    Bard is also a Blacksmith, which also adds to the precious argument. You also need a lot of experience with the Bow to be able to regularly hit your targets.  Benedict is far too young to have the training to be a Master Bowman.

    I see someone more like John Rhys-Davis to be suitable to play Bard.  Hey, a role for him minus the Gimli Make-up.

  11. Longshanks the Archer says:

    I have doubts if someone with such a light frame could be believable as Bard.  Benedict quite frankly doesn’t have the upper body build to be a Bowman.  I am a Longbowman who regularly pulls an 80lb Medieval Warbow. You need a wide chest and back to do this, plus stacked arms.

    Bard is also a Blacksmith, which also adds to the precious argument. You also need a lot of experience with the Bow to be able to regularly hit your targets.  Benedict is far too young to have the training to be a Master Bowman.

    I see someone more like John Rhys-Davis to be suitable to play Bard.  Hey, a role for him minus the Gimli Make-up.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I think Cumberbatch has an excellent voice for Smaug. 

    And on the subject of dragons, I would be more than happy if he got on well with PJ and crew and was asked back to play Captain Lawrence in a Temeraire series.

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