Sources report that Colbert, a rabid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fan will appear in at least one of the films. It's unclear which of the two remaining films he will appear in, although it is certain he will not appear in the first film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which hits theaters on Dec. 14.
Colbert teased the seemingly now confirmed film appearance in the November issue of Playboy, when he discussed his visit to the set. He 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."
When asked if he was made into an extra, Colbert just smiled, and in response to the follow-up question, "Are you telling us you're in the Hobbit movie?" he responded, with another smile, "Could be."
It's unclear if Colbert will be an unnamed extra in the background or actually have some lines. It's also unclear if Colbert's scenes have already been filmed; when "The Hobbit" was expanded from two to three films, it was acknowledged some additional shooting would need to be done.
Starring in the trilogy are Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis, among others.
The second film in the trilogy, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," will hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2013, while the third film, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," will arrive on July 18, 2014.