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The Hobbit: Casting complete





With the first installment scheduled to hit the silver screens around the world in just nine months, you'd think every role in the The Hobbit would have already been filled. Not so, at least until yesterday, when the good folks at TheHobbitMovie.com, shared the news about comedian/actor, Billy Connolly, taking on the role of Dain Ironfoot (cousin of Thorin Oakenshield).
Personally, I'm delighted. I've always liked Billy Connolly as a comedian, and he was excellent in The Muppets Treasure Island. Besides, apart from the height factor (which Peter Jackson will deftly camouflage), can you imagine anyone with a better face for the role?

Unless the script is very different from the book, we won't see Dain until the second movie.

Roll on December 2013!

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ex_naomi_ja
Feb. 15th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I read about this last week! Very excited about all Hobbit-related things :) I think Billy will make a great dwarf.
jongibbs
Feb. 15th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the special 'making of' features in the DVD when it eventually comes out. I love seeing how they make tall people look short etc. :)
lizziebelle
Feb. 15th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I was very pleased to see this, too. Love his work, and love his accent!
jongibbs
Feb. 15th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think he's a much better actor than a lot of comedians who make the crossover into films.
mtlawson
Feb. 15th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
You know what's scary? He looks a lot like Johnny Cunningham, the late Scottish fiddler.
serge_lj
Feb. 15th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Neat!

It's nice to know that the next two Holidays Season *will* have a film to look forward to.
bogwitch64
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
He's PERFECT!!!
ladysaotome
Feb. 15th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, he's perfect for the role!
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mary_j_59
Feb. 16th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
He looks wonderful! In fact, the whole movie looks wonderful, though I can't imagine why Peter Jackson is making two films of it. He must be bringing in lots of backstory that wasn't actually in the book.
jongibbs
Feb. 16th, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing it'll be Thorin's backstory and the part in which Gandalf leaves everyone to go fight the Necromancer.

Also, since Ian Holm is playing 'Old Bilbo', I think there'll be some scenes which take place between The Hobbit's end and LoTR's beginning :)
barry_king
Feb. 16th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
What? Connolly is playing Dain? Oh, see. This is WHY they have to call off that whole end-of-the-world thing.
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