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Billy Connolly Completes THE HOBBIT Cast as Dwarf Warrior

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Billy Connolly Completes THE HOBBIT Cast as Dwarf Warrior

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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly will play a pugnacious dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson‘s upcoming The Hobbit movie. Jackson said the recruitment of Connolly, best-known as the Big Yin, completed casting for his latest two-part film prequel to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings, currently being shot on location in New Zealand. He said in a statement:
We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of dwarves, than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can’t wait to see him on the battlefield.”
After years of delays, the US$500 million project began filming in Jackson’s homeland last March. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due to be released in theaters on December 14th 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for release 12 months later. Actors reprising their roles from the previous Rings films include Ian McKellen, who returns as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. British actor Martin Freeman is starring in the lead role of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Other big names appearing include Barry Humphries, Stephen Fry, James Nesbitt and Evangeline Lilly, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch is also appearing as Smaug the dragon.

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