Peter Jackson Updates The Hobbit; Announces New Cast Members
Posted 05.19.11 by Ryan
Peter Jackson enjoys poking his fans via Facebook.
In April, the director used his account to release a video blog about the start of production on the upcoming, two-part The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit. Weeks later, Jackson used Facebook to announce that actor Rob Kazinsky had dropped out of the movie and, the next week, used the account to announce Kazinsky's replacement.
Jackson's latest Facebook entry discusses an upcoming break from production to "prepare for very big scenes" and "get some editing and visual effects work done," while also announcing more casting news.
We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I've known Stephen for several years, and we're developing a Dambusters movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he's a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.
The Master's conniving civil servant, Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage. Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small role [Drogo Baggins, father of Bilbo, played by Martin Freeman], but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part.
Last, and certainly not least, is Conan Stevens, who will be playing an Orc called Azog (Orcs are never called Roger or Dennis for some strange reason). And yes that's his name—Conan! Isn't that cool? Azog is played by Conan!
Jackson included a picture of himself with the 7-foot Stevens.
The first installment of The Hobbit is scheduled to open on December 19, 2012