Talk show host Stephen Colbert is the last person you'd imagine appearing in big-time Hollywood director Peter Jackson's big-time Hollywood mega-blockbuster The Hobbit. But sources say that's about to happen.
That source is The Hollywood Reporter, via Colbert's interview in the November issue of Playboy magazine.
Colbert mentions in Playboy that he recently visited the set of The Hobbit in New Zealand. In the magazine, he teases that he might appear on screen in the films. Colbert is an avid fan of the films and the literature. He even knows how to read and speak Elvish.
"Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year," Colbert says in the interview. "I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I'm a big fan of the films."
The Hollywood Reporter took it a step further and confirmed that Colbert will appear in the series, though not in The Hobbit: And Unexpected Journey, the first of three films based on the book, premiering on Nov. 14. He's likely to appear in the second film, though it is unclear what character he will play. Will it be a background character, a short cameo, a bigger role? No one knows.