Hot off of Peter Jackson’s Facebook is the news that Rob Kazinsky is NOT going to be one of the 13 dwarfs in The Hobbit. In case you’re not up on the latest Elf-casting news, Kazinsky was set to play Fili, a dwarf who tastes great on bagels. So now, the search for a new Fili is on, which is also, one of the stranger sentences I’ve ever had to write. Here’s the full announcement from Jackson:
“I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave ‘The Hobbit‘ and return home, for personal reasons. Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob’s departure will not affect ongoing filming of ‘The Hobbit‘, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili’s storyline. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili. I’ll keep everyone posted with updates as they come.”
No reason (other than “personal”) is given for Kazinsky’s departure. Perhaps he just doesn’t like being tossed? That’s probably it.