Sunday afternoon a new image for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released via Facebook and immediately I began to deduce the number of ways Cumbersmaug might appear in fanfiction across the interwebs. Just the idea of Bilbo Watson and Cumbersmaug, hobbit and dragon solving crimes together, wearing short pants and a purple scarf, is enough to make this nerd girl squee to high heaven. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, stars of the BBC’s Sherlock (just in case you live under a rock and didn’t already know) are set to meet up in the second of three Hobbit movies, set for release December 2013. As a fan of the Lord of the Rings films and books as well as a die hard member of the CumberCollective (I sometimes say Cumberbitch, but I don’t want to embarrass poor Benny) and the Sherlock fandom, the idea of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch working together in an entirely different capacity excites me to no end.
As Benny revealed in a 2012 interview with Empire magazine, the pair is not in the same room together during filming and voice-over sessions. Even I know that that would be a bit much for fans to handle because Watson and Shelock, aherm, I mean Martin and Benny, cannot help but bounce off each other; that they have great chemistry cannot be denied.
This December, both LOTR fans and Cumbersmaug admirers will hopefully get a look at the dragon who guards the gold and begin to deduce the extent that the relationship between Smaug and Bilbo will be explored. Fanfiction will explode, I’m guessing, with imagery of a consulting dragon and his hetero-jumper-wearing-life mate while the film industry will scramble to get these amazing actors into as many films as they can fit in between shooting seasons of Sherlock. Until then, we will have to be satiated with the new teaser trailer for The Desolation of Smaug, to be released Tuesday, June 11, 10am PST. Watch, if convenient. If inconvenient, watch anyway.
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