Stephen Colbert Has a Small Part in Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' Trilogy?
If Elijah Wood and Ian Holm reprising their Lord of the Rings roles for The Hobbit trilogy in a small capacity (in addition to "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie getting an expanded part) just wasn't enough, then another great actor joining the mix should help. Before the weekend hit, it was speculated that political pundit and satirical comedian Stephen Colbert might have a cameo in Peter Jackson's three part adaptation. The actor is a huge Tolkien fan and was invited to visit the set in New Zealand. Playboy asked if he was in The Hobbit, and he very coyly said, "Could be." Now we have an answer to that question. Read on!
THR did some digging and learned that Colbert will indeed appear in The Hobbit trilogy, but it will not be in this year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Therefore, fans should be on the lookout next year for him to appear in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on December 13th, 2013 or The Hobbit: There and Back Again on July 18th, 2014. It's not clear how big his role will be or if he'll even be recognizable. I'm betting it'll be a quick appearance so as not to be too distracting from the rest of the film. Could we be looking at another fan favorite character like Bret McKenzie's Figwit? We'll have to wait and see eventually.