‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Update: New Character & Production Stills

The news keeps trickling out to the Internet like a leaky faucet, one new drip at a time from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey production team. This time, the big news is Radagast (Svlvester McCoy, pictured above), a character only mentioned during one conversation in Tolkein’s The Hobbit and later in The Fellowship of the Ring where he helps the dark wizard Saruman lure and trap Gandalf in the tower (The scene was never filmed).

Last year, forums were ablaze as Tolkien fans reacted to the news characters not from The Hobbit would appear and that some characters in the book would play much bigger roles in the film.

The co-writer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Philippa Boyens (with Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro) says it’s a good bet Radagast will become a well-loved character,

He’s not at all like Gandalf. There’s a power and danger and sharpness and wits and cunning even about Gandalf that you sense immediately, whereas Radagast is much quieter and gentler. You could mistakenly think he’s not even a wizard or that he might not have any powers of his own, and then you discover that he does.

Those who have read the books know Radagast only played a small part in the overall story. How will that change in the movie is unclear as Boyens is keeping tight-lipped about Radagast’s part, and if the character will appear in all three films.

There were also these new additional stills of characters we already know about. Check out the gallery below.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens on December 14, 2012.

Sources: CBM, Cinema Blend