Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who) revealed to the Argyllshire Standard that he is currently in talks to join Peter Jackson's [director of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy] The Hobbit.
Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread internet rumours, he's not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) - but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.
"I am being cast in The Hobbit," he said. "We're currently in negotiations - there are two of us under consideration. It's not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger." A comic act and busker he appeared regularly on stage and on BBC Children's television in the 1970's and 80's but is best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989 and a brief return in a television movie in 1996. Born to an Irish mother and English father. In the early 90s, McCoy was attached in the role of Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when Steven Spielberg was planning on directing, but Disney did not give permission for the film to be made. McCoy was the second choice to play the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. One role McCoy is being associated with is Radagast the Brown.
Radagast is another of the wizards of Middle Eart, one of the Maiar from Valinor. His original name was Aiwendil, meaning bird-friend in Quenya. According to the essay “The Istari” from the Unfinished Tales, the name Radagast means “tender of beasts” in Adûnaic, the language of Númenor. He played a part in the White Council, which was formed to stand against Sauron, but it seemed his greatest concern was with the Kelvar and Olvar (flora and fauna) of Middle-earth and little else is told of him in the chronicles of that time. He was wiser than any Man in all things concerning herbs and beasts. It is said he spoke the many tongues of birds. Even the Beornings and Woodmen of Mirkwood and the Mighty Ent guardians of the Forest of Fangorn spoke with reverence of the wisdom of Radagast the Brown, for in forest-lore he had no equal.