‘The Hobbit’ Dragon Will Have A British Accent, Courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch

Thursday, June 16 by

After much speculation, the producers of The Hobbit have settled on a voice for Smaug, the magic dragon. They have selected actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and they didn’t have to look too far to find him. He was already in the cast of The Hobbit, having signed on to play Necromancer, a character that can’t possibly be as depraved as his name would suggest.

Cumberbatch, who I correctly assumed is very British, has garnered some buzz for his turns in the upcoming War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, and Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, opposite Colin Firth and Gary Oldman. He also continues to play Sherlock Holmes in the award-winning BBC mini-series of the same name.

In addition to providing the voice of Smaug, motion capture will be used to pick up Cumberbatch’s movements and mannerisms, though it’s not explained whether the capture will just be from the actor’s face, or his whole body a la Andy Serkis and Gollum. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

Director: “Act more like a dragon!”

Benedict Cumberbatch:”I AM acting like a dragon!”

Director: “Hmm. Trying acting HARDER like a dragon. Like as hard as you can.”


Director: “Cut. We got it, people.”


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  1. June 16, 2011 5:37 pm


    No such thing as a BRITISH accent..You have a English accent in its various regions.
    OR Scottish or Welsh..cos all three are know as British.

    Maybe say its ENGLISH – but hey what does a English person know when all Norh Amerca all sound the same to us includinf Canada.

  2. June 16, 2011 5:37 pm


    so mexicans sound the same as americans to u?

  3. June 16, 2011 5:37 pm


     This is kinda my point about the article and my statment to show that it is deemed by AMERICANA that BRITISH either have a posh accent or a cockney accent and thats it – both of these are considered English – not British – Saying someone has a British accent is like saying every living thing of earth is an  EARTHLING which of course they are..doegs cats fish beetles Sarah Palin etc…tho we as humans woulkd consider humans to be earthlings.

    I do not go off onto a tangent about Mexicans cos that is not my point,

    BRITON and the BRITISH includes four different countries – each contaning many various accents.

    The term you were looking for is ENGLISH accent.

    My point is America or North America contains lots of different races when someone says they have an American accent what does that mean?

    Going off about Mexicans is a dumb retort – and kind of my point…dont American understamd sarcasm at all?

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