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Stephen Colbert Gets 'Hobbit' Cameo, Andy Serkis to Direct Motion Capture Version of 'Animal Farm'

Hobbit world was buzzing over the weekend at the news that comedian Stephen Colbert would make a cameo in one of the upcoming films from Peter Jackson.

The undisclosed role was confirmed by THR following an interview with Playboy magazine (link is NSFW-ish; it is Playboy after all) in which Colbert said, "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."

Meanwhile, unrelated to The Hobbit but still involving one of the integral members of the trilogy, Andy Serkis is set to direct and star in a motion capture remake of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

The property has been adapted twice before, first in an animated form in 1954 and then a live action TV movie starring Kelsey Grammar, Ian Holm and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Serkis said in a statement that, "by utilizing performance capture, a deeply talented and committed cast of actors will be able to explore and fully inhabit Orwell's fairy tale world where 'some animals are more equal than other.'"

Orwell's novel finds a group of farm animals successfully revolting against their human owner, only to fall into a deeper tyranny amongst themselves.

No release date was announced nor which four-legged animals Serkis plans to play.

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