A lot has happened over the end of last week. The biggest announcements, made by deadline.com, were the casting of the role of Bard the Bowman and the voice of Smaug.
The first role is going to be enacted by Luke Evans, one of the actors from the upcoming Three Musketeers.
The second is that Smaug‘s voice will be none other than Benedict Cumberbatch‘s. He will also be voicing the character of the Necromancer in the Hobbit films.