Sherlock star confirmed as Smaug in ‘The Hobbit’

Benedict Cumberbatch will 'mo-cap' role of Dragon.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to voice the dragon Smaug in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As well as voicing Smaug, Cumberbatch will also ‘play’ the dragon using motion capture.

This new role, as reported by Deadline, will be in addition to voicing the character Necromancer.

Earlier this year Martin Freeman, who is to play Bilbo, let slip that his Sherlock co-star was about to join him on the New Zealand set.

While his fans, affectionately known as ‘Cumberbitches’, may be sad not to see his face in the new Hobbit films he will be on full show for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse.

He is also returning to television screens in Sherlock, to be aired on BBC One in autumn 2011.

In other news Hobbit related news Luke Evans, who played the love interest in last year’s Tamara Drewe, is on board to play the part of Bard the Bowman, a role that has been likened to that of the part of Aragorn in the first films.

The Hobbit is due for UK release on 14 December 2012.