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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

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email joverstreet@gmail.com.