Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) is returning to Middle-Earth, according to Variety, although it won’t be as the fan-named Figwit.
McKenzie is joining Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the highly anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as an Elf from Rivendell named Lindir. The films also star Martin Freeman (as Bilbo Baggins), Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher.
LOTR alums Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett will also be in The Hobbit, reprising their LOTR roles.
While there’s currently no info on how much screen time Lindir will have, McKenzie has already become a LOTR phenomenon. He appeared briefly in LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (during the Council of Elrond) and LOTR: The Return of the King (he told Liv Tyler, “Lady Arwen, we cannot delay.”). Those brief moments caught the attention of fans and the previously unnamed character was given the name Figwit (Frodo Is Great Who Is That).
Personally, I think McKenzie’s character should still be Figwit. It wouldn’t affect the story at all, and would be a great shout-out to all the fans who took such an interest in the little-known character.
The Hobbit: Part 1 arrives in theaters December 2012 and then we’ll have to wait a whole year for the second film to come out December 2013..