Peter Jackson has just announced that they’ve not only found a replacement for the sadly departed Rob Kazinsky, but also cast the Elven King Thrandruil. Kiwi actor Dean O’Gorman will take over from Kazinsky as Fili, and Lee Pace, probably best know as Ned from the excellent Pushing Daisies will play Thrandruil.
Jackson went on to say “Dean’s a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with.” And for those of you that know him from the Kiwi show ‘The Almighty Johnsons’, don’t panic, The Hobbit shooting schedule will allow Dean to continue with a second series next year.
Jackson also added “Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thrandruil…
When we were first discussing who would be right for Thrandruil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.” It was apparently Pace’s roll in the movie ‘The Fall’ that put him on Jackson’s radar.
Nice to see they’ve managed to keep the production moving forward despite the slight casting hiccup. Never seen O’Gorman in anything, and I only really know Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies, but I have complete faith in Peter and his team’s casting abilities. The more news I get the more I’m looking forward to this film! :)