Billy Boyd (1968- ); Scottish actor and musician. At the time Boyd was cast as Pippin in the LOTR movies, he was relatively unknown.

LOTR Casting Rumor, Rumblings and Reports

In early July, 1999, Billy Boyd was rumored to have been cast for Pippin at Ain't It Cool News. 1 A few weeks later, a UK publication ran an article on Boyd discussing, (among other things) how he would be 'shrunk' in the films. 2 In August, TORn ran an exclusive, preview extract of an interview SFX magazine did with Billy Boyd where he briefly discussed his role as a Hobbit. 3 More casting reports in August assumed Boyd had been cast. 4 5

On October 7, 1999, a New Line Press Release announced Billy Boyd would star as Pippin in the LOTR film trilogy.6

One TORn rumor report is intriguingly interesting. In a May 1999 article, TORn reported that Peter Jackson was in London auditioning young talents apparently for the roles of Pippin and Merry. As part of that article, they also wrote that Ringer Spy, "msboyd" said some friends of hers were being considered for major characters. 7 Boyd did, in fact, read for the part of both Merry and Pippin in London. 8 Whether this "msboyd" was at all connected with Billy Boyd is unknown.


1 July 7, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Pippin Casting Rumor

2 July 19, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Billy Boyd As Pippin?

3 August 9, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Billy Boyd Interview! Exclusive!

4 August 19, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Uma and Ethan? -- UPDATED

5 August 26, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Billy Boyd off to NZ

6 October 7, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: NEW LINE PRESS RELEASE

7 May 14, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Merry and Pippin casting search?

8 April 14, 2003 ~ IGN Article: An Interview with Billy Boyd