Luke Evans Joins “The Hobbit”

One wonders when Welsh hunk Luke Evans gets time to sleep. The “Tamara Drewe” and “Clash of the Titans” actor has scored the last major role in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” – Bard the Grim reports Deadline.

In the books, Bard is a skilled archer and the heir of King Girion of Dale after the King was killed by the talking dragon Smaug.

The character plays a greater role in the second film and the role is said to be akin to Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn in the ‘Rings’ trilogy.

Evans, who came close but just lost out roles in “The Great Gatsby” and “The Bourne Legacy”, stars in “Blitz,” “Immortals” and “The Three Musketeers” later this year.

He recently completed “Ashes” and “The Raven” both due out next year, is currently shooting “No One Lives”, and is attached to both “The Amateur American” and “Only God Forgives”.

Meanwhile it has also been confirmed that “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch is set to voice the dragon Smaug and will be giving a motion capture performance as part of the role. This is the second role he plays in the film, the other being the voice of the Necromancer – the spirit form of Sauron the Dark Lord.