A couple weeks ago, I posted about Guillermo del Toro making some comments on two of his upcoming projects, "The Hobbit" and "Frankenstein." Specifically, he commented on the participation of one Doug Jones, a frequent del Toro collaborator. He was the body of Abe Sapien in both "Hellboy" flicks (to David Hyde Pierce's voice), Pan in "Pan's Labyrinth" and a mutant cockroach-thing in "Mimic."
In the older interview, del Toro revealed that Jones will play some unrevealed part in "The Hobbit," prequel to Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and the title role of the monster in the director's down-the-road adaptation of "Frankenstein." Sci Fi Wire cornered Jones this past weekend, when he appeared at the Wizard's World Philadelphia convention. The actor was happy to clarify some of del Toro's revelations from his own perspective.
On "The Hobbit," Jones said that he's "not had any conversations [with del Toro] about what he wants... but he's 'wink-wink nudge-nudged' me a couple of times." The actor went on to say, "I don't know what I'm doing or how many characters it will be, because he likes to use me the whole time depending."
So that's that for "The Hobbit." Jones has already read through the book again to prep himself for del Toro's seemingly inevitable -- and possibly soon-to-come -- phone call, but there's no more to the story than that.
"Frankenstein" is still quite a ways off -- four or five years, to here del Toro tell it -- so it was somewhat surprising to hear that Jones was confirmed for the role of the monster. As it turns out, he was surprised too. "Guillermo did say to the press that he's already cast me as his monster, but we've yet to talk about it," Jones revealed. Not that that's the end of it. "But this in mind, if that's what he's decided, then it's done," Jones said.
I strongly recommend checking out the rest of the Sci Fi Wire interview. Jones goes into plenty of additional detail on his future work with del Toro, as well as in film in general.