According to Yahoo Movies on Dec. 6, it looks as if Steven Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" has had such a reputation in Middle-Earth knowledge that it earned him a role for an appearance in Lake Town in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". He had bested James Franco during an interview for "Oz The Great and Poweful" when he was able to give specific details of two characters in "The Silmarillion".
Colbert had also appeared as a fan asking Peter Jackson a very specific question about the elves of Mirkwood which resulted in a simple answer as well as a follow up as to why when Jackson was on "The Colbert Report" as a guest that he had not received a higher quality souvenir mug from the show. Apparently, the mug had not any dishwater safe paint and had easily been washed off.
Most importantly though, the entire Colbert family, which will include his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert and his sons Peter and John, will be making an appearance in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" as spies among the citizens of Lake Town.
One would have to focus on finding the Colberts by keeping their eyes peeled for the characters. After all, spies are not wanting to be found.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is scheduled to be released in theaters on Dec. 13.