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Actor James Nesbitt and newcomer Adam Brown join The Hobbit

11.02.2010
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Now that things are running more smoothly (presumably) with Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT, attentions are turning towards the film's casting.

The latest news according to a WB-issued press release reveals that Irish actor James Nesbitt (THE WAY, BLOODY SUNDAY) and newcomer Adam Brown are the latest to join the fantasy fray. Nesbitt will play 'Borfur', "a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf," while Brown will play 'Ori', another of the Company of Dwarves that accompany Gandalf the Grey and our 'Hobbit' Bilbo Baggins on their quest.

THE HOBBIT begins principal production in February of next year. The film currently stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, and Peter Hambleton.

The official press release:

(LOS ANGELES November 1, 2010) – One of Britain's most beloved actors, James Nesbitt (Millions and TV’s Cold Feet), is the latest actor to join the ensemble cast of The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.; and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Nesbitt will play Bofur, a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf. "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," said director Peter Jackson.

Newcomer Adam Brown 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”.

Nesbitt and Brown will join the cast announced on October 21, which includes Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage (soon to appear in Captain America: The First Avenger), Aidan Turner (TV’s Being Human), Rob Kazinsky (TVs EastEnders), Graham McTavish (Secretariat), John Callen (TV’s Power Rangers Jungle Fury), Stephen Hunter (TV’s All Saints), Mark Hadlow (King Kong) and Peter Hambleton (TV’s The Strip).

Since The Hobbit films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing with release dates set for December, 2012 and December, 2013. The two The Hobbit films are being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally.

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with Phillipa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed LOTR trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, “Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.

Extra Tidbit: Nesbitt starred in Paul Greengrass' excellent BLOODY SUNDAY, playing the role of civil rights activist Ivan Cooper.
Source: Warner Bros.

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8:15PM on 11/02/2010
James Nesbitt gave on of the best performances in television in Jekyll I can't wait to see him in the Hobbit
James Nesbitt gave on of the best performances in television in Jekyll I can't wait to see him in the Hobbit
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6:53PM on 11/02/2010

Finally!

I'm so glad to be seeing progress being made on pre-production for this film...er...films! With Jackson at the helm and these superb actors on board, these films with be instant classics just as the LOTR trilogy has come to be! The only thing that has me feeling a little uneasy about this project is the lack of Ian Mckellen's name on the cast list? I'm sure another of film's amazing veteran actor's would be more than enthusiastic to play Gandalf, but I would love to see Mckellen reprise his
I'm so glad to be seeing progress being made on pre-production for this film...er...films! With Jackson at the helm and these superb actors on board, these films with be instant classics just as the LOTR trilogy has come to be! The only thing that has me feeling a little uneasy about this project is the lack of Ian Mckellen's name on the cast list? I'm sure another of film's amazing veteran actor's would be more than enthusiastic to play Gandalf, but I would love to see Mckellen reprise his role. He's a natural Gandalf!
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11:42AM on 11/02/2010
Nesbitt's a good actor and I'm down having him for this, but he's a bit tall?
Nesbitt's a good actor and I'm down having him for this, but he's a bit tall?
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12:23PM on 11/02/2010
what, do you think Elijah Wood and co are as short as hobbits are? John Rhys-Davies isn´t exactly short either.. Nesbitt is awesome, good choice
what, do you think Elijah Wood and co are as short as hobbits are? John Rhys-Davies isn´t exactly short either.. Nesbitt is awesome, good choice
11:24AM on 11/02/2010
"The film currently stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, and Peter Hambleton."

Where is McKellen's name?
"The film currently stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, and Peter Hambleton."

Where is McKellen's name?
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9:09AM on 11/02/2010
Hobbit news is good news
Hobbit news is good news
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7:19AM on 11/02/2010

But where are the SCRIPTS?

...since, presumably, we're going to see the past (Possibly the arrival of Smaug? Gandalf meets Thrain in the dungeons of Dol Goldur?) and the years between Hobbit and LOTR (Aragorn meets Arwen) it'd be nice to know how much of each to expect. When do we hear that Viggo and Liv are coming back? Who will play Thrain and Thror? Will the white council meet and attack Dol Goldur?
...since, presumably, we're going to see the past (Possibly the arrival of Smaug? Gandalf meets Thrain in the dungeons of Dol Goldur?) and the years between Hobbit and LOTR (Aragorn meets Arwen) it'd be nice to know how much of each to expect. When do we hear that Viggo and Liv are coming back? Who will play Thrain and Thror? Will the white council meet and attack Dol Goldur?
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7:15AM on 11/02/2010

"Bofur" not "Borfur"

...and the anal-retentive fans chime in...
...and the anal-retentive fans chime in...
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5:55AM on 11/02/2010
It's cool to see The Hobbit finally coming along, but eventually we have to find out who will be playing Gandalf. Man I hope it's still Ian Mckellen!
It's cool to see The Hobbit finally coming along, but eventually we have to find out who will be playing Gandalf. Man I hope it's still Ian Mckellen!
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