The Hobbit has added more to its ever-growing cast: Stephen Fry has joined, a new part has been given to Ryan Gage, and vertically-huge (and appropriately-named) action star Conan Stevens is on board.
According to the latest Facebook update from director Peter Jackson, the film will be finishing its first block of shooting in three weeks before going on hiatus. However, it won't be a break for him, as editing and visual effects will be tackled, as well as some planning for characters and sequences in the later portion of the 3D two-part epic.
The addition of this trio of cast members comes as the highly-anticipated production readies to cross its first production landmark. Find out who they'll be playing.
Stephen Fry, the legendary British writer and funnyman, who is also a longtime performance partner of House's Hugh Laurie, will be playing The Master of Laketown, a leader who will soon find his administration defined by fiery dragon-related homeland security.
Ryan Gage, is a young star of British television and stage, who interestingly enough, was cast in the film late last year to play Drogo Baggins, father of Frodo, will instead find himself playing Alfrid, a role that Jackson describes as "the Master's conniving civil servant." Apparently, the switch was a promotion, as this will be a much larger part.
Finally, Conan Stevens, the muscle-bound, 7' 1" Australian who is currently seen in HBO's swords and incest series, Game of Thrones, will be playing a prominent and surely-menacing Orc in the film named Azog.
The director also posted this photo of himself standing next to the giant of a man.
Source: Peter Jackson