According to sources at Hollywood Reporter, nerd worlds will collide in Middle-Earth now that Stephen Colbert has agreed to appear in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. While the details of which role and the magnitude of his character have yet to be revealed, any appearance at any level must border on bucket list worthy for the Comedy Central talk show host. Colbert has publicly stated on several occasions to being a huge fan of J. R. R. Tolkien series, even confessing to learning the Elvish language.
It is known however that Colbert’s will not appear in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The first film which is due to hit theaters on December 14 will include a cast of Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis.
Colbert had previously hinted at a connecti0n to the film in Playboy Magazine, stating “Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year,” he said. “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.” However, when asked directed if he was to appear in the film, Colbert answered in a coy manner, “Could be.”
Keep your eyes open to Under the Gun for more details.