While some of the roles in The Hobbit - like, say, Ian McKellen - are foregone conclusions, there are plenty of meaty characters left to play. And Brian Cox might be on the list to nab one of them.
According to Ain't It Cool, his name is emerging as a "major contender" to play one of the main dwarves in the film(s).
There a certainly some important dwarves characters in the book, so if he does take part - and for now, he needs to be listed strictly as a rumour - he could be in line for the likes of haughty leader Thorin or Balin, who helped Bilbo on his quest.
Cox is certainly a great thesp and the Hobbit team would be crazy not to offer him something. Here's hoping it turns out to be more than wild speculation.
[Source: AICN (opens in new tab) via Slash Film (opens in new tab) ]
Do you want to see Cox as a dwarf? If not, what should he play?