News about the Hobbit is like playing Telephone with 4 down syndrome kids. The right information might not go down the line exactly as you hoped but in the end, we are all winners for hearing those goofy bastards speak (sorry for the insensitive handicap joke but we are bastards, it’s our namesake). While the news of what’s happening with the Hobbit films (studio financial woes, who’s director, who’s starring…etc.) is being kicked around like a tornado made of shit (shit tornadoes are the worst) production preparations are still being made under the assumption that things will un-shit themselves. In this facet, we know that Peter Jackson has been making some rounds on a casting tour, auditioning actors for certain roles. We haven’t really heard much of this, until now. It appears that Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy (former Doctor Who) is in negotiations to join the film. He told Argyllshire Standard the following:
Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread Internet rumors, he’s not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) – but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.
“I am being cast in The Hobbit,” he said. “We’re currently in negotiations – there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger.”
Well certainly he’s not up for the role of Gandalf. Replace Ian McKellen, who would do such a thing? Being that McKellan is most likely to reprise his role, what other Wizard could McCoy be up for? Word around the LOTR water cooler (ala the onering.net) speculates the role is for the character Radagast the Brown.
Radagast the Brown is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He is one of the Istari or Wizards who were sent by the angelic Valar to aid the Elves and Men of Middle-earth in their struggle against the Dark Lord Sauron. Radagast appears in The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, and is mentioned in The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.
Huh, sounds like good casting to us. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.