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Stephen Fry joins The Hobbit Cast

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Fry set to play an intellectual, intelligent and charismatic leader - well, that shouldn't be too hard...

Stephen Fry joins The Hobbit cast

For any J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast, Facebook has - in recent months - become a Shire to their humble demands. Not only has the social media giant become a first port of call for rumour, speculation and general fan-based chat but, thanks to The Hobbit's director - Peter Jackson - it has become the holy grail of up-to-date content. In a move that is sure to have the Twitter generation positively seething, Jackson is using his Facebook page to update fans and press alike to the latest developments of his Hobbit adaptation, earning him a cool 262,904 followers in the process.

To date, Jackson has revealed some of the film's biggest changes on the Facebook page - from his decision to shoot in 48fps (as opposed to the industry standard of 24) right through to his regular addition of cast members, with the likes of Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film, The Office UK), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Fall) and Christopher Lee all being confirmed for roles across the site. So, after plugging the upcoming Tintin release - and linking us all to the recent trailer in the process - how was Mr. Jackson going to keep his minions happy? Simple...by revealing Stephen Fry as the latest addition to the star-studded cast.

Yes, you heard me, the intellectual giant that is Stephen Fry has been cast as The Master of Laketown, a greedy yet deserving leader of the aforementioned shire, Laketown. Now, if Jackson follows a similar line to that of the book, Fry could turn out to be a truly exceptional piece of casting, as the role - by the book - describes 'The Master' as an intelligent, charismatic and somewhat intellectual leader...all traits we have come to associate with Mr. Fry.

An equally interesting casting is that of Conan Stevens as Azgog. For those of you who don't know Conan, I suggest you look him up - over seven foot tall and tipping the scale at a frightening 320 pounds, Stevens will certainly add some serious mass to the production. Furthermore, it's always great to see such a driven individual (see his website) getting roles that he deserves. As Conan has proven in his latest role - one that sees him playing Gregor Clegane in the remarkably popular HBO series, Game of Thrones - he is a very talented actor with a broad depth of experience, so one can only assume that his addition to The Hobbit has been based on more than his sheer physical prowess.

While both castings look great on paper, only time will tell just how successful their final transitions are. However, there is one thing we can be sure of - that Fry's involvement in this film will once again ignite the flames of the Twitter generation. With this in mind, one does wonder - was Fry's casting based merely on his acting ability, or could this be a devious attempt at winning back the Twitter population? Food for thought, no doubt...

See also:

Peter Jackson easing 3D eyestrain for The Hobbit?

7 Things The Hobbit needs to do in order to be a success

A purist's defense of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings screenplay

Tintin, the movie: will it work?


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