Stephen Fry, the loveable English comedian, has been cast in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit!
The Hobbit, for those of you who have been living in a cave for the past 10 years, is the prequel to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, set 60 years prior.
Director Jackson took to his Facebook page to inform his fans of recent casting news, and announced that Fry landed the role of Master of Laketown, who encounters Bilbo and the dwarves on their journey.
Some more Hobbit casting news today. As we near the end of our first shooting block (we have a break in less than three weeks to get some editing and visual effects work done, plus prepare for very big scenes coming up), we are looking at characters featuring in sequences that take place a little later in the story.
We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I’ve known Stephen for several years, and we’re developing a Dambusters movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable “Master” for us.
The Master’s conniving civil servant, Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage. Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small hobbit role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part.
I only joined Bret’s fan-base, when he joined up with Jermaine Clement in their hilarious tv series Flight of the Conchords. Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond’s Court and he has a name “Lindir”, which means “singer”. Tolkien has plenty of songs in The Hobbit but the script doesn’t indicate that Lindir will be singing any of them. If, as he promises, Bret makes a Conchord feature film ere long, I shall angle for a non-speaking part as BIGWIT. (“Bret Is…” etc.)
Last, and certainly not least, is Conan Stevens, who will be playing an Orc called Azog (orcs are never called Roger or Dennis for some strange reason). And yes that’s his name – Conan! Isn’t that cool? Azog is played by Conan! Here’s a photo of Conan and I together … I’m pretty tall … probably at least 6’5″ or 6’6″ I would guess, so that gives you some clue how tall Conan is! You can learn all about him at www.conanstevens.com.
Got a busy day’s shooting ahead, so I’m about to jump in the car – but look out for the beginning of the 20 questions answers very soon. Thanks for the questions – many are very insightful. I’ve been through all of them and have a list ready to go.
Cheers, Peter J
Already cast are: Martin Freeman as the main character of Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen returns in his role of Gandalf the Grey from the first trilogy, along with Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori).