The Hobbit, the much-anticipated film from director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy)  may feature a turn from Tom Waits, or so says AICN.  Waits would inject some creepy fun into a cast that so far consists of Ian McKellan (LOTR) – although casting of The Hobbit has begun as of this week.

If you can survive the jump, there’s a quote on the other side!

Contact Music claims the following quote was given to AICN, although AICN doesn’t have this bit of info in quotes themselves (the mysteries of cyberspace!):

“As much as I’d like to say he’s a lock (certainty), I’m told he’s simply someone the production is talking about – but they seem to be talking about him pretty seriously.”

Where did this quote come from?  A source.  Would a talking banana qualify as a source?  Probably.

Cinematical used their noggins and speculated that Waits’ engaging performance as The Devil himself in the otherworldly The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus got him noticed by the Hobbit folks.  That raspy, charming voice may be just the one to voice the dragon Smaug, perhaps?  Waits and the dragon probably inhale equal amounts of smoke on a daily basis.

The Hobbit: Part 1 will be in theaters in 2011.

Source: AICN, Cinematical, Contact Music