According to Deadline, they finally have a Bard the Bowman: Luke Evans. I guess LOTR used up all the stock of rugged and older Northern English, because Evans seems a little young and handsome for Bard. (Are there no Sean Beans
left? I always pictured Bard to be more of a Viggo/Bean type.) I haven’t seen him anything, so maybe he’s such a badass that it makes up for his youth and smoothness.
Deadline also confirms a popular rumor that’s been floating around Tolkiendom: Benedict Cumberbatch’s top secret role is the voice of Smaug. I always did hear Smaug with a more posh voice, so I really dig this pick. I wonder if he’ll pull double duty like Jonathan Rhys-Davies, and actually appear somewhere in the film in a small role?