The Hobbit Loses a Dwarf: Actor Rob Kazinsky Drops Out
04.25.11 by BJSprecher
In The Hobbit novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, three of the 13 dwarves that hire the title character, Bilbo Baggins, to accompany them on the Quest of Erebor are killed during the Battle of the Five Armies. It's unknown at this time if the same fate awaits Fili, Kili, and Thorin in co-writer and director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movie adaptation that is currently in production in New Zealand, but tragedy has already struck at least one of the dwarves in question.
Jackson revealed yesterday on Facebook that actor Rob Kazinsky, who was cast as Fili in the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings, was leaving the production and returning home "for personal reasons." Jackson wished Kazinsky well and said that his departure "will not affect ongoing filming...nor will it impact work done to date." Jackson said that he is currently filming scenes with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) without the dwarves, which gives him time to look for a new Fili.
The Hobbit was written by Jackson, original director Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. The cast includes Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Andy Serkis as Smeagol/Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn, Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins, father of Frodo, and 13 actors (now 12) that play the company of dwarves that hire Bilbo.