Actor Dean O'Gorman will replace Rob Kazinsky in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit.
Writing on his Facebook page Director Peter Jackson said "I'm very pleased to be welcoming two new cast members to our team."
"Dean O'Gorman will be playing Fili. Â Dean's a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He's recently been in an excellent TV series down here called "The Almighty Johnsons", and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year. Â Dean will be joining us next week."
Rob Kazinski left the Hobbit cast recently because of undetermined personal reasons however Peter Jackson was quick to inform the world via his Facebook page that filming will not be disrupted because of his leaving the film and it looks like the position of Fili has now been filled.
But the second piece of casting news will also thrill fans of 'The Fall' and it looks like Lee Pace was a foregone conclusion when it came to the role of the King Thranduil who is a well known Elven king to those immersed in the Tolkien mythology.
Speaking on the matter of Lee Pace's appointment to the role, Peter Jackson said
"I'm also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil. Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He's going to be great. Â We loved his performance in a movie called "The Fall" a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. Â When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately."
I am sure there are millions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fans who will be salivating at this news….just like I am.
Makes one want to indulge in a bottle of real ale and pipe weed (not a reference to cannabis) by the side of a sleepy river bank with a copy of The Silmarillion to brush up on the back-story……