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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

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author, editor, and professor with an MFA in Creative Writing. He teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University, Covenant College) and film studies (Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's been a columnist and critic for Christianity Today, Image, and Books & Culture, and his writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly visits universities, conferences, and churches to lecture in the U.S. and abroad. Would you like him to edit your work? Want to have him speak to your community? Email joverstreet@gmail.com.