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.
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.