'Flight of the Conchords' star Bret McKenzie may join 'The Hobbit'

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When stories began cropping up on the web this morning claiming director Peter Jackson wanted Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie in The Hobbit, some undoubtedly looked at the calendar and assumed it was an April Fool’s joke. Well, it’s no joke — EW has confirmed that McKenzie may be joining The Hobbit in a small role. Hardcore Lord of the Rings fans may know that McKenzie made two blink-and-you-missed-them appearances as an elf extra in The Fellowship of the Ring (during the Council of Elrond) and The Return of the King (telling Liv Tyler, “Lady Arwen, we cannot delay!”). McKenzie’s character was never named but fans dubbed him Figwit, as in, “Frodo is great — who is that?” Internet sites sprang up devoted to Figwit, and McKenzie’s wife Hannah Clarke made a short documentary in 2004 about the Figwit phenomenon. In Season 1 of Flight of the Conchords, McKenzie and co-star Jemaine Clements paid tribute to The Lord of the Rings with the song “Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring.” The exact specifics of McKenzie’s role are not yet known, but given the unlikely Figwit following, it’s quite possible Jackson is bringing the character back as a sort of inside joke for fans. 

Here’s McKenzie in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

And here’s the Conchords’ “Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring”:

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  • Chelsea

    Pretty sure it was also confirmed today that would-be-Aragorn Stuart Townsend and Saoirse Ronan have been cast as Bard and Itaril respectively.

    • Anne

      Pretty sure THAT info was an April Fool’s joke.

      • Chelsea

        WOW, I am so gullible. April Fools is not for me, LOL. I really believed it. The press release looked legit.

  • whatevs

    Brit!

  • jk

    That would be f-ing hilarious if Stuart Townsend was in The Hobbit.

    • Babs

      Yeeeaaah, I’m pretty sure hell would have to freeze first.

  • Koozebane

    This Hobbit project has been one long decade.

  • A-K87

    i love that song.

  • Justin

    How cute is he?

  • Babs

    Well, Jackson has already brought Figwit back just for the fans – he was clearly inserted later into the Arwen scene in RotK. Now that Bret’s an even bigger star, another Figwit appearance would be awesome.

  • Treadmill Traci

    cant wait it sounds great..

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