The two-billion dollar, two picture prequel based on an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” rumor mill has started to churn, with speculations about the voice actors (and on-camera actors) popping up, including names of returning voice actors as well as voice acting candidates for roles that have not yet been assigned.
It goes without saying that Andy Serkis (Gollum) will reprise his role as well as on-camera actor Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, but other character roles are up in the air, including that of the Smaug the Dragon, with high profile names being bandied around the likes of Jeremy Irons.
MrCere at TheOneRing.net suggests that voices that have not yet been associated with an animated or CGI character (specifically lions, dragons, and even Jedi Knights) be considered for the role. This would eliminate greats such as Jeremy Irons (Scar in The Lion King), Sean Connery, Liam Neeson and James Earl Jones.
Those still in the running on MrCere’s list include (in alphabetical order) James Caan, George Clooney, Ossie Davis, Robert De Niro, Vin Diesel, Edward James Elmos, Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dijmon Hounsou, Ben Kingsley, Paul Newman and Patrick Stewart.
The blogger writes, “If I could, I would audition Diesel, Freeman, Hopkins and Kingsley and would be comfortable with any of them. Any voice would have effects done but before the sound guys go to work. I want the best performance possible to make Smaug so much more than just a monster. I hope the studio and the actor chosen aren’t interested in people seeing the film and saying, when they hear the dragon, ‘Oh, isn’t that Actor X?’ The audience should be thinking only of the scaly, magnificent lizard. I think my list of auditions would all be able to transcend voice recognition and turn in a performance worthy of the character that spawned 1,000 imitations. But if I had to pick a guy right now, at this moment, it would be none other than Rodrigo Santoro. In case that doesn’t ring a bell, and for most it will not, he is the Brazilian actor who played Xerxes in ‘300’. His voice in the film was obviously enhanced for his role but he sounded amazing. His hint of an accent would even work for Smaug. Give Xerxes a listen with your eyes closed.”
Who would round out your voice cast for The Hobbit?
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