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New Fili and Thranduil Casting Announced For Hobbit

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After Rob Kazinsky announced that he would be leaving The Hobbit movie due to personal health reasons, there has been much speculation about who would be the one to take his place.  Well, the speculation is over and in fact another unknown has been announced with it.

Peter Jackson announced that Kiwi actor Dean O’Gorman will play the role as Fili in the Hobbit movies.  Here is what Peter had to say about O’Gorman.

“Dean O’Gorman will be playing 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.”

Coupled with this announcement was also the news of the newly filled role of the Elvin King, Thranduil. Peter Jackson also announced that Lee Pace would be the one to play the great Elvin King.  Here is what 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.”

Both the announcements excite us even though we lose a great Hobbit cast member in Rob Kazinsky.  Hopefully, from here on out, losses will be minimal.  We will update our Cast bios shortly.  Discuss your thoughts in our casting forum.

  • I believe casting is one of the most difficult parts of pre-production. Hope Peter Jackson gets to retain all the actors he and the people with him have choosen.

    Good luck to all the actors and staff! I’ll be early waiting for the movie :]

  • Kabloo20

    Thrillled at the news of Lee Pace being cast as an Elven King!!

  • Arya

    But…..but…… I wanted David Tennant to play Thrandy. *grumbles* Ah well….Lee Pace had better be good.

  • milo1960

    Should have used Will Devokees.