The Hobbit casts Bard the Guardsman… and Smaug.

Well, for fans of The Hobbit, there have been two more big questions related to casting Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie.

Who will play Bard the Guardsman, a strong fellow whose skill as an archer becomes very important in the story?

And who will give a voice to the dragon Smaug?

We learned both answers today.

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s Bard, and here’s Smaug.

I’m intrigued. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the first actor, and the second is quite a curious surprise. I’d heard he would be involved. But how? Is his voice really so extraordinary that he’ll be better than my first pick… Tom Waits?

Hopefully, Jackson knows something we don’t.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author and a teacher. His books include a cinematic memoir (Through a Screen Darkly, Regal, 2007) and a four-volume fantasy epic (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). For more than 15 years he has lectured at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. His writing on faith and art, recognized by The New Yorker and indieWire, has been published in Christianity Today and Image (where he has been a columnist); and in Books & Culture, Comment, Paste, and more. He's earning a masters in creative writing at SPU. Want to invite him to teach or speak about creative writing or cinema? Email