Colbert mentioned an appearance in the films in an interview in November’s Playboy and said he visited the New Zealand film set.
Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year. 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.
The Colbert Report’s host loves the Lord of the Rings and is a huge fan of author J.R.R. Tolkien. He even reads the Hobbit language, Elvish, and if that’s not the nerdiest thing you’ve heard about him, we’re not sure what is. But the Hollywood Reporter, which confirmed the cameo, said there’s no word yet if Colbert will have lines or just be part of the background.
And he won’t be in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film of the upcoming Hobbit trilogy. That movie will open in theaters on Dec. 14, and star Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch adn Andy Serkis.
The second film, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, is out on Dec. 13, 2013, an the third, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, comes out July 18, 2014.