It seems that The Hobbit has added Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch to its monstrous cast.
Despite this seemingly cursed production suffering another setback involving an explosion that left two crew members with minor burns, things are still moving along. And thanks to a slip-up from star, Martin Freeman at the 2011 BAFTA Awards, the actor would reveal to reporters that his co-star on the BBC's Sherlock (in which Freeman plays sidekick, Dr. Watson,) would be joining him in the cast of The Hobbit.
That, however, was the extent of Freeman's loose lips, as it is still unknown as to who Cumberbatch (pictured right) will play. However, given who he is and the lack of vacancies in the cast, there is one choice that seems likely.
As Freeman comments on his accidentally letting the cat out of the bag:
"I knew I was a big mouth, I didn't know how much of a big mouth, and I've ruined everything. And now I might not have a job to go back to!"
With a plethora of UK TV movies on his resume, Cumberbatch would be exposed to US audiences in the 2007 film Atonement. At this point, he seems a favorite for the integral role of Bard the Bowman, a denizen of Laketown who would realize a destiny when the fire-breathing dragon, Smaug came to lay his home to waste.
What do you think of Benedict Cumberbatch as Bard? Are there any other roles left for him to play?
Source: Digital Spy