It isn’t quite another brilliant behind-the-scenes video from the Hobbit set, but Peter Jackson has yet again used his Facebook page to update Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans on the latest happenings with the upcoming films: the addition of two cast members!
Jackson has announced that Dean O’Gorman will be joining the cast as Fili, one of the dwarven companions to Thorin and Bilbo during their adventures in The Hobbit. O’Gorman is set to replace Robert Kazinsky, the first actor cast as Fili, who departed the film earlier this month. It was also announced that Lee Pace has been cast as Elven King Thranduil, who capture’s Bilbo’s companions when they venture into Mirkwood during their journey to Erebor.
Here’s what Jackson had to say about the two additions:
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.
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.
Jackson also hinted that the next few weeks will be “interesting”, so keep your eyes peeled for more Hobbit news!