Stephen Fry joins the cast of ‘The Hobbit’

British actor and writer is the latest addition to Peter Jackson's growing cast

Stephen Fry has joined the cast of The Hobbit.

The actor and writer will play The Master Of Laketown in Peter Jackson‘s two-part adaptation of the JRR Tolkien novel.

Jackson revealed the new signing on his Facebook page. He wrote: “We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master Of Laketown. 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.”

Fry‘s character is the elected leader of Esgaroth, described in the novel as capable, but greedy.

Additionally, Jackson announced that newcomer Ryan Gage has also joined the cast as Alfrid, the Mayor‘s civil servant.

Filming has begun on The Hobbit, which features The Office and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Sir Ian McKellen and several others from The Lord Of The Rings will reprise their roles in some capacity.