Lee Pace Cast in ‘The Hobbit’

Plus, who's replacing departing cast member Rob Kazinsky?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Peter Jackson's already making the damned movie, and yet somehow casting still continues on The Hobbit. This weekend Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Dean O'Gorman (The Almighty Johnsons) joined the production. Pace will portray the elven King Thranduil – try saying that three times fast… or once – and O'Gorman will be replacing Rob Kazinsky as Fili the dwarf. Kazinsky had to depart the production suddenly for first personal reasons. Empire Online had the scoop.

O'Gorman is a bit of an unknown here in the States, despite some roles in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, but co-stars in the popular New Zealand television series The Almighty Johnsons which, Jackson points out, will be unaffected by his commitment to The Hobbit. Pace, on the other hand, is something of a rising star, having headlined the critically-acclaimed (read: swiftly cancelled) television series Pushing Daisies, and lent his talents to such diverse films as Tarsem Singh's phantasmagorical The Fall as well as… um, Marmaduke. Pobody's nerfect, folks.

Crave Online will return with more The Hobbit news as casting continues over the next 20 years.