Last month came rumour that Sylvester McCoy, the actor who played the seventh incarnation of The Doctor in “Doctor Who” during the late 80’s, was up for a major role in “The Hobbit”.
As McCoy lost out the role of the elderly Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy to Ian Holm, many wondered if that would be the role despite the age issue (McCoy is 66). McCoy himself didn’t comment on the issue, and his agent refused to comment on it either.
Now in an interview with the Dunoon Observer (via The One Ring), McCoy himself says he is in contention with another actor for one of two Wizard parts in the film. “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” says McCoy
With Ian McKellen likely to return as Gandalf, its expected McCoy will be playing the character of Radagast the Brown whom will have a bigger than expected role in the two-part film. The character is a wizard with a strong affinity for flora and fauna, and lives on the edge of the forest of Mirkwood through which much of the film’s journey takes place.