Christopher Lee talks The Hobbit

Old-stager Christopher Lee has been talking about his involvement with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , and from the sounds of it, audiences are about to see a very different Saruman from the one villain of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

According to Lee, The Hobbit sees Saruman return as, “a good and noble man and the head of the Council Of Wizards, as he had always been.”

However, don’t expect Lee to be snaffling up much screen time, as the ninety-year-old is apparently only interested in smaller roles these days.

“I don’t play long parts,” he says. “They must be short parts, but they’ve got to be parts that mean something, that matter, where people will notice when I’m on the screen and people will remember the character after they’ve seen the film.”

That sounds like a fairly accurate description of Saruman to us! The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released in the UK on 14 December 2012.