Production on The Hobbit is underway with Peter Jackson at the helm, but now the filmmaker's revealed he's going forward without one of his cast members. On his official Facebook page, Jackson broke the news that Rob Kazinsky has had to leave The Hobbit:
I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons. Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob's departure will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili's storyline. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili. I'll keep everyone posted with updates as they come.
Rob Kazinsky took to Twitter to respond to all the well wishes sent his way following his departure from The Hobbit.
"Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it's with a truly sad heart that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as i've seen and I will miss the family and friends that i've here, From every disaster i've tried to make an opportunity. 'john d rokerfeller'"
In other news, Jackson's been doing a great job of keeping The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fans up-to-date on all the happenings on the set, from posting photos on the film's official Facebook page to updating his own Facebook page with notes from the set. He even posted the first of what's likely to be many video diaries from the set on April 14th (if you haven't checked it out, set aside 10 minutes and do so).
(Photo of Rob Kazinsky by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)