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'The Hobbit' adds Stephen Fry to the cast

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The Hobbit may be several weeks into production in New Zealand, but new actors are still coming on board. Director Peter Jackson announced today via Facebook that English actor, screenwriter, and author Stephen Fry will be joining the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic. Fry — who came to fame as one-half of a comedy duo with Hugh Laurie in BBC series like A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster, and who has recently had a recurring role on Bones — will play The Master of Laketown, the leader of Esgaroth, a settlement of Men, who is depicted in the book as greedy and cowardly. “I’ve known Stephen for several years, and we’re developing a Dambustersmovie together,” Jackson wrote. “In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.” Jackson also announced two other bits of casting: Ryan Gage will play The Master’s conniving civil servant, Alfrid, and Conan Stevens will play an Orc called Azog.

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