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Stephen Fry joins the cast of The Hobbit

20th May 2011

Author, broadcaster and comedian Stephen Fry has become the latest addition to the cast of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's classic tale.

Fry will play the part of the Master of Laketown, who is running the town when Bilbo and his companions arrive there.

Jackson confirmed the casting decision and said he is 'thrilled' that Fry will be joining fellow British thespian Sir Ian McKellen, who plays the iconic role of Gandalf.

'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,' Jackson commented.

The film adaptation of The Hobbit will be split into two parts, due for release in 2012 and 2013, with many of the cast from Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings reprising their roles in the production.

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