Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:30:00 GMT | By Emma Jones
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Character Guide


Smaug (© Warner Bros.)
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  • Beorn (© Warner Bros.)
  • Legolas (© Warner Bros.)
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  • Bard the Bowman (© Warner Bros.)
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As played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not only does Benedict Cumberbatch voice the deadly dragon Smaug -- one of the last remaining dragons in Middle-earth who guards the treasure in Erebor -- but he also portrays The Necromancer. Both roles are created through motion capture and there's been much speculation as to how the great Fire-drake will appear. Original director Guillermo del Toro stated that designs by Canadian illustrator John Howe corresponded with his "approximate" vision of the character, that is... terrifying.