My elves in Hobbiton have been busy, and so has Peter Jackson. First of all Evangeline Lilly (aka Kate from LOST fame) has been cast to play a sylvan elf, though Jackson has warned there will be no romantic twist with Legolas (aka Orlando Bloom)— darn! Secondly the much praised Benedict Cumberbatch (you have to be good with a name like that) who plays Sherlock Holmes on the new Sherlock series on the BBC, has been cast as…….wait for it…… Smaug! I can imagine Sherlock having dragon breath, but being a full-fledged dragon…….welll. Barry Humphries will be playing the Goblin King in a motion capture suit like Andy Serkis who plays Gollum.
Jackson confirmed that the first round of filming is complete, and they are now looking at various new locations. Stay tuned!