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Luke Evans joins The Hobbit prequels as Bard The Bowman

17 June 2011

He'll next be seen as Aramis in Paul W.S. Anderson's 3D take on The Three Musketeers and now it emerges that Luke Evans is set for Middle Earth in the role of Bard the Bowman for the eagerly anticipated lengthy production on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

In the books, Bard is the son and heir of Girion, a haunted type and the last king of old Dale. He carries the emotional baggage of his father’s slaughter by the dragon Smaug and became known as “the grim” because of his sour disposition. But, as his name suggests, he’s also a skilled archer, a talent that comes in useful when Bard has his own confrontation with the scaly, treasure hoarding beast.

In other casting news, Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch who is onboard as the voice of the mysterious Necromancer will voice and slip into a motion capture suit to portray Smaug the Dragon.

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