So the news from McKellen’s blog is that Benedict has auditioned for a role in The Hobbit Films, and he has been added to the cast. Of course, we have not had a confirmation as to which character he shall be assaying. Though rumours are rife and the strongest one is that he shall be playing Bard the Bowman. 🙂
Though if you ask me, he has a very elven face. I would have liked to see him play Thranduil. Lee Pace is going to do a marvellous job, no doubt, but to me, Lee is more of a Legolas (yes, I heard that gasp, and no offence to the Bloom fans, just my humble opinion this… 😉 ) and Benedict is more of a Thranduil.
This is what McKellen writes in his blog:
The cat is out of the bag. The actor is named. The latest recruit to the Jackson troops is the superb Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Holmes to Bilbo’s Watson. Martin Freeman let it slip when he picked up his BAFTA.
Martin told me he was “chuffed” about the prize. So was the entire crew back here in Wellington; and about Benedict. Now, what can he be playing in The Hobbit?
Philippa Boyens showed me a snippet of his screen-test, played in close-up into the camera. It was electrifying, vocally and facially. Yes, what can he be playing?
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