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Director Peter Jackson once again took to his official Facebook page to announce the latest casting news for 'The Hobbit' - the biggest of which is that famous UK actor and personality Stephen Fry has joined the film to portray the unnamed Master of Lake-town (or Esgaroth, for all us book nerds).
Cowardly, conniving, and more than a little greedy, the Master of Lake-town is never given a name in the books but is nicknamed "money bags" after the events in 'The Hobbit'. Originally wary of allowing Bilbo Baggins and his group of dwarves into Lake-town (which is built upon pillars sunk into the bed of a great lake, sure to look amazing on film), he is the first to flee when the dragon Smaug attacks the city.
"Some more HOBBIT casting news today. As we near the end of our first shooting block (we have a break in less than three weeks to get some editing and visual effects work done, plus prepare for very big scenes coming up), we are looking at characters featuring in sequences that take place a little later in the story.
We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I've known Stephen for several years, and we're developing a DAMBUSTERS movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he's a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.
The Master's conniving civil servant, Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage. Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part.
Last, and certainly not least, is Conan Stevens, who will be playing an Orc called Azog (Orcs are never called Roger or Dennis for some strange reason). And yes that's his name—Conan! Isn't that cool? Azog is played by Conan! Here's a photo of Conan and I together... I'm pretty tall, probably at least 6'5" or 6'6" I would guess, so that gives you some clue how tall Conan is!"
Peter Jackson is hard at work on the film, which is set to be released on December 19th, 2012. In the meantime, you can see Stephen Fry this December alongside Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows', in which he plays Sherlock's elder brother, Mycroft.