‘Doctor Who’ Actor in Negotiations For ‘The Hobbit’

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The Hobbit has had a bumpy road thus far, to say the least, not unlike the tiny protagonists within the actual story of The Hobbit. Most recently, Guillermo del Toro abandoned the director’s chair, MGM practically went under, stalling the project even further, and Ian McKellen warned that if the movie continued to be delayed, he might have to jump ship as well.

Peter Jackson fans rejoiced when he indicated that he might—might—be interested in filling the void left by del Toro, but he implied that he was also a little frustrated with the seemingly never-ending turmoil that accompanies the production of The Hobbit as a cinematic experience. Still, he promised as of last week that definitive news regarding the movie’s fate would be forthright “sometime soon.”

Now comes word that Sylvester McCoy, otherwise known as Sylveste McCoy, is in talks to play someone prominent in the film. Straight from the Scottish horse’s mouth:

“I am being cast in The Hobbit. […] We’re currently in negotiations—there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger.”

Somebody should tell Sylvester McCoy that nobody’s bigger than Bilbo Baggins where The Hobbit is concerned, unless he means literally, in which case, yeah, most everybody is bigger than Bilbo Baggins! But so what??? (Forgive my inner nerd, please…)

For those not in the know—among whom I counted myself before a brief trip to IMDB—Sylvester McCoy is a Scottish-born actor best known around the world for his portrayal of the Seventh Doctor in the Doctor Who series during the late 1980s (and at the beginning of the 1996 movie). Previously, rumors were swirling that Sylvester McCoy had been cast as the titular character, Bilbo Baggins, which makes sense considering McCoy not only looks like a Hobbit, but also roughly like the previous Bilbo, Ian Holm.

Since McCoy has squashed said rumors, speculation by the TheOneRing.net, a “100% trustworthy source” via Bleeding Cool, and the process of elimination (there are two wizards in the film and Gandalf is obviously already taken) have all-but-confirmed that McCoy’s role would be that of Radagast the Brown, the wizard who inadvertently led Gandalf the Grey into Saruman the Wise’s trap during the events of The Lord of the Rings. Word on the street is that, due to the extended, two-part nature of The Hobbit movie(s), Radagast’s role has been expanded substantially.

radagast sylvester Doctor Who Actor in Negotiations For The Hobbit

It may not be official news regarding The Hobbit’s fate, per Peter Jackson, but it is news that the project isn’t dead, which should come as some comfort to fans who’ve been waiting to see The Hobbit since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King left theaters. As they say, any news is good news…unless it’s news that the project has been cancelled forever and everyone has to go home.

Source: Dunoon Observer/Argyllshire Standard

Speculation via TheOneRing.net, 100% Trustworthy Source via Bleeding Cool

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  1. Was Radagast even in the Hobbit?

    Good casting anyway. I heard this a few days and it still seems dubious to me. The film still isn’t greenlit, would they really be casting if that was the case?

    • Radagast wasn’t in The Hobbit, so far as I can remember, but I believe the two “Hobbit” films will be bridging the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Or, at least, that has been indicated in the past by various sources, including the previously scheduled director, del Toro. As to whether or not they’d be casting if it wasn’t green-lit…that’s the million dollar question, right? IF they’re casting, doesn’t that mean it’s green-lit? After all, Jackson promised forthcoming Hobbit news with regard to officially going into production. We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose.

    • sam, ive given up hope that this will be made :(

  2. These films need to be made, with Peter Jackson at the helm and Sir Ian as Gandalf. Make it happen!


    • I’ll get right on it!

  3. Anthony,

    Me too. I’ll not believe it until I’m sitting in a cinema and the titles come up.

    • me either sam, till then, i’ll keep my fingers crossed

  4. This could special.

  5. Sly McCoy? I’m not a huge Tolkien fan, but casting me fave Scot will definitely get them a movie ticket sale out of me.

  6. I wouldn’t worry too much about whether McKellan will play Gandalf. Yes, it would be awesome, but there are other actors who could pull it off. After all, there have been two Dumbledores in the Harry Potter movies, but no one seems to notice or care because Michael Gambon has done such a terrific job making the role his own. He has become the definitive Dumbledore, and there were those who said he could never replace Richard Harris.

    • Michael Gambon is not even close to as good as Richard Harris. Richard Harris IS Dumbledore.