MSN New Zealand reports that former Doctor Who actor Sylvester McCoy has taken on a role in both The Hobbit and The Hobbit Sequel. Though playing coy, McCoy wouldn't reveal whom he will be playing on screen in this upcoming adventure.

In speaking with the BBC, Sylvester stated:

"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."

McCoy, who played Doctor Who throughout the 1980s, claims that he is sworn to secrecy about the project. Though he did reveal that he'd been considered for the part of Bilbo Baggins in the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy, losing the role to Ian Holm:

"In a way you think, what a pity Ian Holm wasn't working that week. 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."
B. Alan Orange