Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy who played Doctor Who between 1987 and 1989 is in contention to land a role in The Hobbit. Back in July there was speculation that McCoy was in talks to play Bilbo Baggins, and while the actor denied that is the case, he did say he was in line for another role.
Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread internet rumours, he’s not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) – but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.
“I am being cast in The Hobbit,” he said. “We’re currently in negotiations – there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger.”
TheOneRing speculates that he may end up play Radagast the Brown. The character wasn’t included in The Fellowship of the Ring but he is an ally and confidant of Gandalf. Here is a description of Radagast:
Radagast lived for much of his time in Middle-earth at Rhosgobel in the Vales of Anduin, on the western eaves of Mirkwood, near the Gladden Fields. He had a strong affinity for — and relationship with — wild animals, and it seemed his greatest concern was with the kelvar and olvar (flora and fauna) of Middle-earth. He was wiser than any Man in all things concerning herbs and beasts. It is said he spoke the many tongues of birds, and was a “master of shapes and changes of hue”. Radagast is also described by Gandalf as “never a traveller, unless driven by great need”, “a worthy Wizard”, and “honest”.
Radagast the Brown is only mentioned in The Hobbit novels, but it looks like the character will be given a bigger role.
Earlier this week Peter Jackson said we should start getting official news sometime soon as MGM’s situation comes to an end, which hopefully means filming can begin late 2010/early 2011.