Still more casting news from The Hobbit — BBC’s Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch is the latest actor to join the ever growing cast of Peter Jackson‘s new project.
In recent weeks we’ve had the news that Saoirse Ronan has turned down a role in the prequel to Lord Of The Rings and this was also the week that we found out Stephen Fry who became the British institution will also now be taking a tour to The Shire as he takes on the role of The Master Of Laketown.
Sherlock Holmes co-star and now Hobbit co-star Martin Freeman let the news leak backstage at the Bafta TV awards on Sunday where Sherlock Holmes picked up a prize for best drama series. Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in two-part fantasy saga, later made excuse for his gaffe saying:
I knew I was a sort of a big mouth but I didn’t realise to what extent I was a big mouth, and I’ve just ruined everything. I might not actually go back to a job – they might have just sacked me.”
While Benedict proved he had a part in the flicks, he would not reveal the character he will portray:
I can’t say at the moment, thank you very much.”
The Hobbit follows the trip of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to rescue the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago defeated by the dragon Smaug. Approached completely unexpected by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their trip will take them into the Wild; through dangerous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.
The Hobbit is set for release on 2D/3D and 3D IMAX screens worldwide from December 2012, with The Hobbit: Part II anticipated December 2013.
Okay then, don’t worry Hobbit fans, we’ll keep our big hobbit ears to the ground and let you know all the latest rumor and news from the set as soon as we can.