American bastion of “truthiness” Stephen Colbert will make a guest appearance in an elaborate New Zealand tourism initiative Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, THR reports. The Colbert Report host, noted J.R.R. Tolkien fan (he speaks fluent Elvish!) and last person we’d expect to see in an epic Middle Earth battle scene hinted at the cameo in an interview with Playboy last November:

PLAYBOY: Didn’t you visit the Hobbit film shoot in New Zealand?

COLBERT: I did. [Director] 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.

PLAYBOY: You flew out to New Zealand just to watch? He didn’t hire you as an extra or something?

COLBERT: [Smiles]

PLAYBOY: Are you telling us you’re in the Hobbit movie?

COLBERT: Could be. [smiles]

It is not yet known which installment of the franchise the Alpha Nerd will appear in but sources have ruled out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, meaning he will appear in either The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug or The Hobbit: There And Back Again. It is also not yet know which role he will play.

Of course this won’t be the first time Jackson has converted a comedian into Middle Earth set dressing with Flight Of The Conchords star Bret McKenzie making a memorably meme-worthy three second cameo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Stephen Colbert To Make “The Hobbit” CameoBret McKenzie’s uncredited cameo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is slated for release December 14.