Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in The Hobbit

Martin Freeman lets slip on casting news

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to appear in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit alongside Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman.

The pair were at the TV Baftas last night to recieve the gong for Best Drama series for Sherlock.

Backstage aftwards, Freeman was asked about his role in The Hobbit, and accidentally let slip that Cumberbatch had signed on to the film also.

When asked about his role, Cumberbatch remained mum; "I can't say at the moment, thank you very much."

An embarassed Freeman added; "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."

Filming is currently underway for The Hobbit in New Zealand. Casting announcements are still appearing regularly throughout production, with Stephen Fry and Hugo Weaving confirmed in recent weeks.

Freeman, who plays titular Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the two-part fantasy epic, is back in the UK briefly to film a second series of Sherlock, which will air later this year.

The Hobbit: Part 1 will be released December 2012.



Excited to see Cumberbatch? Who do you think he'll play? Let us know!


    • missdini

      May 23rd 2011, 14:35

      I'm more excited about Cumberbatch joining this ilm than any of the cast. He is an incredible actor and should be bagging lead role sin films all the time. Looks like he will voice the dragon which isnt what I want really I'd rather see him on my screen. But his voice is amazing and he will no doubt do an incredible job voicing Smaug. I;d like to see Cumberbatch get the lead role in Peter Jackson's new adaptation of the Dam Busters. Its time McAvoy moved over and gave Cumberbatch some lead roles. Cumberbatch is a better actor and just as cute He was amazing as the creature in Danny Boyle's National theatre production of Frankenstein and if Boyle ever makes a film I hope he sticks with Cumberbatch.

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    • Ali1748

      May 24th 2011, 1:36

      Smaug ?

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    • broadie14

      May 31st 2011, 14:45

      A good choice of actor for the movie I think. My initial thoughts would be that he'd play Bard the Bowman

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