When Robert Kazinski left production of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson found himself short one dwarf. Not to worry though, because he's found two more actors with the blend of off-kilter yet still pretty features that made Lord Of The Rings so confusing to me in my pants. New Zealand actor Dean O'Gorman will fill the role of the dwarf Fili, previously vacated by Kazinski.

The few fans of ABC's short-lived "Pushing Daises" will be happy to know that Lee Pace has also joined the film. He'll play Thranduil, the King of the Elves and Legolas's dad. Peter Jackson broke the news via Facebook:
Dean O'Gorman will be playing Fili.  Dean's a terrific Kiwi actor, wh I am thrilled to be working with. He's recently been in an excellent TV series down here called "The Almighty Johnsons", and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year.  Dean will be joining us next week.

I'm also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil. Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He's going to be great.  We loved his performance in a movie called "The Fall" a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since.  When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.

It's been a great week, and I'm looking forward to the next few. It's going to be interesting...