Thoughtful funnyman and national treasure Stephen Fry is set to appear in The Hobbit as the Master of Laketown, Peter Jackson said, “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 director also revealed some more casting news, saying, “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! You can learn all about him at www.conanstevens.com.”