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A Few More Casting Rumors

Sylvester McCoy

There still exists quite a bit of  “unknowns” in regards to who will be playing some key characters in the upcoming Hobbit movies. A few more rumors have come out the past couple of days.  We had already known that it was rumored that Sylvester McCoy was in the film with a major role.  The rumored part was that of Radagast the Brown.  Well, this rumor has been confirmed from the horses mouth, despite no “official” announcement from any studio.  In an interview with the BBC, the actor said,

“When they sent out the character description for the part I’m playing, it says he’s between 57 and 75. When it started out I was 57, but it’s taken so long to get to fruition I’m now 75,”

Though McCoy spilled the beans on the news of actually being in the movie, he wasn’t so open about what character he is casted to play.  He said,

“I can’t say anything! I don’t even know if I’ve said too much already.  I’ve already got my wrist gently tapped. I just want to tell the world about it… I know it’s all bubbling away and plans are being made.”

McCoy working with Peter Jackson will not be a something new.  In fact, McCoy was one of the final actors being considered to play Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, but was beat out by Ian Holm.  When production of The Hobbit movies was announced, there were many rumors that McCoy was once again a front runner for the role of Bilbo.  He once again wasn’t Jackson’s man for Peter, but indeed did score a big role for the films.

Another rumor to hit headlines over the weekend is that in an interview with Swedish media, Mikael Persbrant has joined the Hobbit cast in an unspecified “Nordic” role.  Beorn and Bard are top-runners of speculation for which characters Persbrant will play.  An announcement from the studios is expected soon to confirm updated cast members for the film.  You can join in on the speculation of whom Persbrant might play in our Hobbit Casting Message Board.

  • Odinseeker67

    The Doctor as a Hobbit .. i can’t wait