Peter Jackson Updates on Hobbit Casting and Filming, Adds Stephen Fry!


Peter Jackson has once again taken to his Facebook page to entertain fans of the Hobbit movies with more behind-the-scenes tidbits from the set of the two films. This time, Jackson has updated us on recent cast additions!

Perhaps most excitingly is the addition of Stephen Fry as The Master of Laketown. Fry is considered a master of comedy and renowned actor whose career started with The Cellar Tapes and has gone on to film such movies as V for Vendetta, Alice in Wonderland, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and many more. Fry also voiced all seven Harry Potter audio books in the UK. The Master of Laketown is the elected leader of the Esgaroth; the character’s true name is never revealed in the books, however he is often referred to as “money bags” — a nickname he has earned through his cowardly acts and selfishness.

Ryan Gage has been cast as The Master’s civil servant Alfrid, who is known for his conning attitude. Gage was already a member of the Hobbit cast filling a much smaller role, however the actor was offered the opportunity at a much larger role after the film’s producers enjoyed his work.

Finally, Conan Stevens (pictured below with Jackson) has been brought on to play Azog the Orc, a chieftain and infamous enemy of the Dwarves.

Jackson also updated fans with a photo of himself and Conan Stevens on the set of The Hobbit, saying about the photo: “Here’s a photo of Conan and I together… I’m pretty tall, probably at least 6’5″ or 6’6″ I would guess, so that gives you some clue how tall Conan is!”


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