Peter Jackson is keeping The Hobbit fans in the loop as much as possible, updating his official Facebook page whenever something significant happens on the set of the much-anticipated two-part film series. His latest post revealed two more actors have joined the Hobbit fun:
"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...
O'Gorman replaces Rob Kazinsky who left the project a week ago due to personal reasons.
Pace and O'Gorman join The Hobbit cast which includes Martin Freeman ('Bilbo Baggins'), Richard Armitage ('Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott ('Balin'), Graham McTavish ('Dwalin'), William Kircher ('Bifur'), James Nesbitt ('Bofur'), Stephen Hunter ('Bombur'), Aidan Turner ('Kili'), Peter Hambleton ('Gloin'), John Callen ('Oin'), Jed Brophy ('Nori)', Mark Hadlow ('Dori'), Adam Brown ('Ori'), Jeffrey Thomas ('Dwarf King Thror'), Mike Mizrahi ('Dwarf King Thrain'), and Bret McKenzie ('Lindir'). Ian McKellen ('Gandalf the Grey'), Cate Blanchett ('Galadriel'), Andy Serkis ('Gollum'), Elijah Wood ('Frodo'), Christopher Lee ('Saruman') are reprising their roles from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
(Photo of Lee Pace by Jason Kempin / Getty Images)