'Hobbit' fans, meet Smaug -- well, at least the actor voicing Smaug. Benedict Cumberbatch, who has already been getting attention for his part in Steven Spielberg's, 'War Horse,' made his name on the stage before being cast in supporting roles in 'Atonement' and 'The Other Boleyn Girl.' He has also received critical acclaim for his role as Sherlock Holmes on BBC's 'Sherlock.'

However, taking on the evil dragon won't be the only character Cumberbatch plays in the film. Director Peter Jackson has also cast him as the voice of Necromancer.

In other 'Hobbit' casting news, Luke Evans ('Clash of the Titans') will play Bard the Grim, a skilled archer and heir of King Girion of Dale.

Hit the jump to hear the voice behind Smaug.

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