‘The Hobbit’ to feature cameo from US comedian Stephen Colbert

It's not known if Colbert has a speaking part, but his appearance won't feature in the first movie

Stephen Colbert has apparently bagged a cameo in The Hobbit.

The US comedian is best known as the host of The Colbert Report, a long-running satirical news series in which he plays a caricature of a right-wing TV anchor. After Jack White made several appearances on the show last year, the pair teamed up to record a one-off single called ‘Charlene II (I’m Over You)’.

Colbert is a known Tolkienite and recently discussed his visit to the set of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit movies in New Zealand. He told Playboy: “I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films.” When asked whether he filmed a cameo while on set in New Zealand, Colbert replied teasingly: “Could be.”

Responding to Colbert’s hint, a “knowledgeable source” has now confirmed the cameo to The Hollywood Reporter. It is not known if Colbert has a speaking part or merely appears in the background, but his appearance will definitely not come in The Hobbit trilogy’s first instalment.

Subtitled An Unexpected Journey, the first film gets its worldwide premiere in Wellington, New Zealand on November 28 before opening in UK cinemas on December 14. You can watch the trailer at the end of this article.

Jackson’s second film, The Desolation Of Smaug, will follow in December 2013, before the trilogy concludes with There And Back Again in July 2014. The series boasts an ensemble cast including Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Bret McKenzie and Orlando Bloom.