From EmpireOnline: The following is both complete conjecture and a possible spoiler for The Hobbit: There And Back Again, so please think carefully before continuing. But when we spoke to Benedict Cumberbatch on set of Sherlock a little while back, we asked him about his roles in Peter Jackson’s new epic, and he said something that may very well be a spoiler, so let’s discuss that just a bit.

Cumberbatch said of his role,

“I’m playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the !!SPOILERS!! Highlight to Read Five Legions War or something which I’m meant to understand. He’s not actually in the original Hobbit. It’s something [Peter Jackson]’s taken from Lord Of The Rings that he wants to put in there.”



  1. I wouldn’t put too much stock in this “spoiler”.  He got the name wrong, and his facts about whether or not the character “appears” or “is mentioned”.  

  2. AD Bane

    This shouldn’t be a surprise. The unrooting of the Necromancer was a very large piece of Gandalf’s part in the story. It’s no wonder that Jackson wants to tell that part of the story, even though it wasn’t thoroughly explained in the book.

  3. Harmondale2

    I can’t say I’m happy with this. It dosn’t seem right that at his most vunerable(right after being driven out of hiding by the white council no less) Sauron would show up at this battle to make an enemy of the men of dale, the elves of mirkwood, and the dwarves. Even at the height of his power he tried to manipulate the dwarves with promises of their rings back rather then face them in open war. This would be very much out of character for Sauron.

  4. Faramond

    This is nonsensical malarkey. Not worth an article.

  5. I think that it’s pretty obvious that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t really familiar with the source material in the slightest, and really he doesn’t have to be so that’s okay (some actors like to immediately go out and read the books and some like to avoid them at all costs so that the books don’t effect their performances).

    It does speak to the quality of his “spoilers” since he doesn’t sound confident about what scenes his character would be appearing in, or much of anything about the character that he’s going to be playing (at least in regards to knowing who the Necromancer is).

    I’m taking this rumour with a pretty massive grain of salt.

  6. Rosie

    He’s a little whacky.  And that’s okay.

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