Dwarf News: Bofur, Bombur and Bifur Revealed for The Hobbit; Nick Frost Cast in Snow White and the Huntsman
Posted 07.14.11 by Ryan
One small group at a time, the dwarves are being revealed from director Peter Jackson's upcoming, two-part prequel to Lord of the Rings, 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 2013's The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
So far this month, J.R.R. Tolkien fans have been treated to the first look at Fili and Kili, Ori, Nori, and Dori, and Oin and Gloin. The most recent look comes from IGN, who have revealed a photo of brothers Bombur (Stephen Hunter) and Bofur (James Nesbitt) and their cousin Bifur (William Kircher). The three join the quest to the Lonely Mountain to seek the fortune stolen by the dragon called Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and for the free beer.
The only dwarves that have yet to be revealed are Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader of the company, as well as the brothers Dwalin (Graham McTavish) and Balin (Ken Stott). The dwarves accompany the young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on the Quest of Erebor to "burgle" the stolen treasure.
While currently on a short break after 54 days of production, The Hobbit is currently in production. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again follows on December 13, 2013.
Also joining the dwarf business is Nick Frost (Paul, Hot Fuzz), who has joined the cast of Universal Studios' Snow White and the Huntsman.
Variety reports that Frost is in final negotiations to play the last remaining dwarf role of the movie. Taking the names of Roman emperors instead of character traits, seven of the dwarfs have already been cast — the leader Casesar (Ian McShane), angry Nero (Stephen Graham), burly Tiberius (Eddie Izzard), timid Claudius (Toby Jones), blind Constantine (Bob Hoskins) and twins Trajan (Ray Winstone) and Hadrian (Eddie Marsan). According to Slashfilm, who have read the script, Frost will play an eighth dwarf named Gus, who is a bit of a hanger-on.
Universal didn't offer a confirmation of Frost in the movie, so the actor did so himself on his Twitter account after joking about possibly being cast in The Hobbit.
I can however confirm I'll be dwarfing it up in Snow White and the Huntsman! Nasty hobbits. #wrongfilm
Snow White and the Huntsman is a revised version of the fairytale, where the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), after deciding not to kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart), trains her instead to protect herself. Charlize Theron is playing the evil Queen. Newcomer Rupert Sanders is directing the script from Evan Daugherty and Hossein Amini. The movie opens June 1.