Stephen Colbert lands cameo in 'The Hobbit' trilogy
Stephen Colbert has reportedly landed a cameo in the upcoming "The Hobbit" trilogy.
It is unclear what role the comedian and political commentator will take on, but the Hollywood Reporter, who confirmed the report, has noted that Colbert will not appear in the first film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Colbert has spoken in the past of his interest in J.R.R. Tolkien and revealed in a 2008 visit to "Conan" that he can speak High Elvish.
Colbert hinted at his "Hobbit" cameo in an interview in the November issue of Playboy magazine. When asked by the lad mag whether he might appear in the films, he smiled and said, "Could be."
"[Director] Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year," Colbert told the men's magazine. "I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I'm a big fan of the films."
The fantasy sagas are based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit," and depict the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman. The character is the uncle of "Lord of the Rings" hero Frodo, who was played by Elijah Wood. In "The Hobbit," the older Baggins teams up with the wizard Gandalf and a group of dwarves on a quest to find a treasure guarded by a dragon.
The prequel also explains how Frodo obtained the magic ring that drives the plot of the "Lord of the Rings," which is set in Middle-earth, 60-years after "The Hobbit" takes place.
Production on "The Hobbit" movies began in March 2011 in New Zealand, where "The Lord of the Rings" was filmed, after a series of setbacks, such as the threat of an acting union strike and Jackson's stomach surgery.
Other returning "Lord of the Rings" actors include Orlando Bloom, who plays Legolas the elf, Ian McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf and Cate Blanchett, who reprises her role as the elf Galadriel.
Evangeline Lilly of "LOST" fame will play a new character, the Woodland Elf, Tauriel.
The second film, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," is slated for release on December 13, 2013, while the third, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," will hit theaters on July 18, 2014.
The first installment of the trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is slated for release on December 14, 2012. Watch a trailer below.