Two more actors have joined the cast of the much anticipated Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” Those are James Nesbitt (“Millions, ” “Five Minutes of Heaven) who will play a dwarf named Bofur and newcomer Adam Brown, also as dwarf – Oli, who will fight the horrible dragon Smaug.
Jackson warmly welcomed the newest additions to his team. Of them he said: “Jame’s charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles,” while Brown is “a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence.”
Therefore those two will join the previously announcement cast led by Martin Freeman as Bilbo, also featuring Richard Armitage (currently filming “Captain America: The First Avenger”), Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinksy, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton.
On the downside, Sir Ian McKellen is not yet on board as Gandalf. Talking to Broadway World he simple said he is “not under contract at the moment.” Which can do nothing but puzzle the fans, who can hardly imagine “The Hobbit” without his powerful presence. So far McKellen remains in the “rumored” section of the film’s actor list along with Andy Serkis and … wait for it … Leonard Nimoy!