Stephen Colbert may be the most high-profile Hobbit fan there is (or at least the most famous one willing to admit it), and he is helping to promote the new film by inviting the stars onto his show for a whole week.
“Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will present four nights of Hobbit-themed programming (Dec. 3 to Dec. 6), pegged to the Dec. 14 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” said Entertainment Weekly. “Guests will include stars Ian McKellen (Dec. 3), Martin Freeman (Dec. 4) and Andy Serkis (Dec. 6), along with director Peter Jackson (Dec. 5).”
Colbert spent time on the set of The Hobbit, and there is a rumor he will be making a cameo in one of the films. In October, he spoke with Playboy about the possibilities.
“I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations,” Colbert told the magazine. “I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films.”
When asked if he would appear, he replied, “Could be.”
“It’s yet to be confirmed or denied,” Peter Jackson told EW last month when asked if Colbert would be appearing in the films.
Colbert even knows Elvish, one of the languages spoken in The Hobbit, and there is a good chance he will be putting that to use during his week with the hobbit and hobbit-friendly characters who will be visiting.
Jackson spoke last month about his respect for Colbert and the amount of knowledge Colbert has of Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth.
“I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life,” Jackson told Entertainment Weekly. He also said Colbert’s “encyclopedic knowledge” of the author is “spectacular.”
If Colbert appears in The Hobbit trilogy, it won’t be until the second or third film, so only time will tell if the rumor comes true. But we know now that all next week, fans of the series can get their fill just by watching The Colbert Report.