THE HOBBIT Casting News!
Several weeks after the departure of Rob Kazinsky, Peter Jackson has this to report via his Facebook page:
Dean O’Gorman [above left] 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.
Hmmm … we remember this guy from years ago, when he played Iolaus in “Young Hercules“. And remember who played “Hercules” in that? A golden no prize to the people who said “Ryan Gosling”. Yup, he was a just a young-un back then. Time flies.
And in other casting news:
I’m also pleased to announce that Lee Pace [above right]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.