“Hobbit” adds “Conchords” star as elf

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bret McKenzie, best known for his role in HBO comedy musical “Flight of the Conchords,” has been cast as an elf in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

The project, currently filming in New Zealand, follows Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, THR reports.

Adding McKenzie makes sense, though. The actor’s a New Zealand native. He also appeared in two of Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” pictures. In “Fellowship of the Ring,” McKenzie had an uncredited role as Elf at Council of Elrond (according to IMDB), while in “The Return of the King,” he played an Elf Escort.

Careful, mate. Jackson will have you typecast in no time.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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