The Hobbit loses a Fili, gains an extra Bilbo

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Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” has lost one, but gained one – castwise this past week.

A few days ago it was announced that Ian Holm will reprise his role as the [older] ‘Bilbo’ in the film. PJ spilled the beans on his Facebook page, saying :

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J

Today, Jackson announced over on Facebook that the production has lost a cast member.

I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons. Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob’s departure will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili’s storyline. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili. I’ll keep everyone posted with updates as they come.

“The Hobbit”, starring Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood, is now filming in Middle Earth New Zealand.