Rumour Alert: Tom Waits to Supposedly Star in The Hobbit

Rumour Alert: Tom Waits to Supposedly Star in <i>The Hobbit</i>
With his lanky stature and ever-present black fedora, Tom Waits's appearance doesn't exactly scream "dwarf." Something about the legendary songwriter appears to have caught Peter Jackson's eye though, as Ain't It Cool News reports that Waits is under consideration for a role in Jackson's version of The Hobbit, which is due to start filming sometime next year.

Although details are still unclear, an (apparently trustworthy) anonymous source reveals that Waits is being considered for a major part in the film. This role is likely as a dwarf, who is part of the group that leads Bilbo out of his home and on an adventure to the Lonely Mountain. As so little specific information is available, however, some have speculated that Waits may even be considered for the role of Bilbo himself, although it's difficult to imagine him beating out other, younger contenders such as James McAvoy, Martin Freeman, Daniel Radcliff and David Tennant.

The songwriter, who celebrates his 60th birthday today, has previously appeared in many films, with his most notable role coming in Dracula, the 1992 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola.