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Former Dr Who cast in Hobbit films

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Former Dr Who, Sylvester McCoy, has confirmed that he has been cast in Peter Jackson's two Hobbit films.

While the British actor did not say what part he had landed, he did tell the BBC that he had a role in the Lord of the Rings prequels.

"When they sent out the character description for the part I'm playing, it says he's between 57 and 75. When it started out I was 57, but it's taken so long to get to fruition I'm now 75," the 67-year-old jokingly told the BBC.

But with the roles in The Hobbit movies yet to be announced McCoy says he has been sworn to secrecy about the details.

"I can't say anything! I don't even know if I've said too much already," he says.

"I've already got my wrist gently tapped. I just want to tell the world about it... I know it's all bubbling away and plans are being made."

McCoy, who is best known as playing the seventh Dr Who in the 1980s, also said he had been in the running to play Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings movies but missed out to Ian Holm.

"In a way you think, what a pity Ian Holm wasn't working that week," he says.

"But at the same time it was an honour to be up against Ian. He won, and he's a brilliant actor.

"As an actor this happens all the time. You never know which way things go."

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