30 Aug 2010

'Not a bad fellow as wizards go' Will Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy ?) get a 'Bigger' Role in The Hobbit ?

Sylvester McCoy has been rumored already in connection with casting for The Hobbit, now some sort of confirmation of this rumor has emerged from the Scottish newspaper Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard. McCoy was the Chieftain of the Cowal Games and Gathering and while there he confirmed he is to take a role in The Hobbit. Sylvester McCoy was originally one of Peter Jackson's favorites for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy , role that eventually went to Sir Ian Holm. This connection with Bilbo and McCoy meeting with Jackson a few weeks ago in London , led to speculations he was to take the role of the beloved hobbit in the movie.

"I am being cast in The Hobbit. We're currently in negotiations - there are two of us under consideration. It's not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger." (Sylvester McCoy)

Wait a minute... who in Middle-Earth could be bigger then Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit ? Gandalf...maybe ? McCoy told the Scottish newspaper that he will not be Bilbo but he is been considered (with an other unknown actor) for a role as one of the wizards in The Hobbit. So here is where the mystery thickens. In the Hobbit the main character is Bilbo. As wizards go, we have Gandalf of course (role that belongs to Sir Ian McKellen), a second wizard in mentioned only briefly in the book, Radagast the Brown, (Gandalf calles him " my cousin'). Radagast is associated with nature, he is a master of shapes, and guardian of animal and plant lore, and lives in Rhosgobel on the western border of Mirkwood. He is known to Beorn, the skin-changer who lived to the north near the Carrock. Radagast the Brown is a very interesting character however his role in The Hobbit is not 'bigger' then Bilbo or Gandalf , (unless someone is re-writing the book from scratch for the movie), nevertheless a character that deserves to be develop further, I think. One thing is for sure...it is nice to be able to put an other 'face and name' to the cast list for The Hobbit which, (MGM's debts troubles permitting), will start filming early next year.

(source: Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard)
(picture: Radagast the Brown by Ajraan on Deviantart)