Stephen Fry, the host of popular quiz show QI and self confessed Doctor Who addict has been cast in the upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit as the Master of Laketown.
Fry has been in many movies and television programmes in the last thirty years but this will be one of his bigger roles. The actor and comedian also played the Minister of Chance in the Doctor Who radio serial Death Comes to Time, and was also in the early stages of contributing a script to the Russell T Davies era which was apparently abandoned due to budgetary reasons.
Appearing alongside Fry (pictured here in the Wilde biopic in which he played the eponymous lead) in the big budget film will be Martin Freeman (The Office, Sherlock), Andy Serkis (King Kong, The Cottage), Elijah Wood (The Faculty, Sin City), Ian McKellen (X-Men, Coronation Street) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Robin Hood). Several of these actors will be reprising the roles that they played in Lord of the Rings originally.
Of most interest to Doctor Who fans, of course, is the presence of Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy (who starred with Fry in Death Comes to Time) as wizard Radagast the Brown.
The Hobbit will be a two part film and shooting began this March for the films eventual release in 3D (is it us or is just about every single film made in 3D these days as a sneaky way to up ticket prices by four pounds?).
Super weight film Director Peter Jackson was very happy to be working with Stephen:
“In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.”
Bring on the Hobbits!