Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson have announced that Irish actor James Nesbitt will be joining the cast of The Hobbit. The actor will play Bofur, a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf.
James Nesbitt is well known in the UK for his TV roles, and he appeared in Bloody Sunday in 2002 (directed by Bourne director Paul Greengrass).
On the casting Peter Jackson said:
“James’s 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.”
Also joining the cast is newcomer Adam Brown who will play Ori, another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug. Jackson comments, “Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life.”
Director Peter Jackson and the team are now in pre-production and aim to start filming in February. Martin Freeman has been confirmed to play Bilbo Baggins and, while he is expected to return as Gandalf, Ian McKellen has yet to officially sign on. I’m sure everything will be worked out, though.