1 May 2011

New Zealand actor replaces dwarf on The Hobbit

4:02 pm on 1 May 2011

Sir Peter Jackson has cast a New Zealand actor to replace one of The Hobbit's dwarves who left last week.

British actor, Rob Kazinsky, quit his role as Fili, one of the film's 13 dwarf adventurers, for health reasons.

The director announced online on Sunday that Dean O'Gorman will replace Kazinsky and will start next week.

O'Gorman stars in the television series The Almighty Johnsons.

Jackson also announced that American actor Lee Pace will join the cast as the Elven King Thranduil.

The first of the two hobbit films will be released late next year.