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Peter Jackson makes “Hobbit” casting news on Facebook

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Following the sudden departure of Robert Kazinski from the set of “The Hobbit, it became clear that Peter Jackson would need to find a dwarf Fili.

Turns out, that’s not the only casting news coming from Jackson’s camp.

Using Facebook to make the announcement, Jackson revealed that New Zealand actor Dean O’Gorman will now be playing Fili. In addition, actor Lee Pace has been added to the ensemble.

From Jackson’s Facebook page:

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.

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.

It’s been a great week, and I’m looking forward to the next few. It’s going to be interesting…

More soon.


Jackson’s “The Hobbit” currently is being filmed in New Zealand, targeting a Dec. 19, 2012 release date for part one.

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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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