Director Peter Jackson announced via his Facebook page that Dean O’Gorman (The Almighty Johnsons) and Lee Pace (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pushing Daises) are joining the cast of The Hobbit. Last we heard The Hobbit was filming in New Zealand. Here’s what Jackson had to say about O’Gorman and Pace on his Facebook page:
I‘m very pleased to be welcoming two new cast members to our team.
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…
Jackson also posted a photo of him and Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger) on the set. Could this mean Weaving will be back as Elrond? Well, nothing is confirmed as of yet, but we certainly hope so.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit hits theater December 19th, 2012.