Date: 3rd November 2010

Nesbitt to appear in The Hobbit

Last month, the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was finally given the go-ahead to begin filming next year. And while a number of primary roles have already been cast, director Peter Jackson has found two additional actors for his company of dwarves.

James Nesbitt will play Bofur and Adam Brown will portray Ori, according to

The 45-year-old Cold Feet star will play Bofur, "a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave dwarf".

Director Peter Jackson said “James’ charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast.” said Jackson. He also added “Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life.”

Jackson said he felt "very lucky to be able to welcome" Nesbitt.

Other cast members confirmed include former EastEnder Rob Kazinsky and Spooks actor Richard Armitage.

Martin Freeman will star in the title role as Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who reluctantly joins the dwarves on their adventure.

Although Ian McKellen is widely expected to reprise his role as the wizard Gandolf, McKellen recently told Broadway World that he is not under contract to appear in "The Hobbit" and he refused to elaborate on any details beyond that.

Last week, New Zealand's parliament passed legislation amending labour laws to keep the production on the huge budget movies.

The change was part of a deal with Warner Bros who had threatened to move elsewhere because of a dispute with acting unions.

"The Hobbit" is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012.

Source: Press Release



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