After Rob Kazinsky had to depart from the Hobbit for personal reasons, his character lives on and Jackson has recently announced on his Facebook page who will be his replacement, and there is news of another cast member confirmed.
Firstly, the role of Fili that Kazinsky was due to play, will now go to Dean O’ Gorman. Jackson had this to say about his new actor for the role of Fili:
“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. Dean will be joining us next week.”
Secondly, it has been announced that Lee Pace also joins, and he will be playing Elven King Thranduil. Jackson has had his eye on the actor for a while, and it would seem that his role in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall was the film that confirmed to Jackson that he wanted Pace for the part. 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. We loved his performance in a movie called The Fall a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.”
Pace has also been seen in The Good Shepherd, Infamous and When in Rome. The Hobbit part 1 is due to hit UK cinemas December 2012, with the second half of the movie due a year later.
By Matt Wavish