Peter Jackson has taken to Facebook to confirm that Stephen Fry will join the cast of The Hobbit.
The British comedian will join fellow new arrivals Ryan Gage and Conan Stevens who were also
announced as part of the latest round of on set news.
Speaking on Facebook Jackson said: “We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be
playing The Master of Laketown. I’ve known Stephen for several years, and we’re developing a
DAMBUSTERS movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create
a very memorable Master for us.”
Described as a nervous greedy type, The Master Of Laketown is the ruler of an outpost which in Tolkien's tome served as a trading post between men, Elves and Dwarves. The outpost has previous
history with the Dragon Smaug and so the Fry's leader isn’t quick to welcome Bilbo and his company when they arrive.
Fry will be joined Ryan Gage, who has been cast as Alfrid, the Master'’s underhanded civil servant after impressing Jackson with his performance in a smaller part. And finally the aptly named Conan Stevens has been cast as an Orc named Azgog.
The Hobbit Part I is set to hit cinemas in time for Christmas 2012.