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SYDNEY — British actor Rob Kazinsky, cast as the dwarf Fili, is leaving The Hobbit for unspecified personal reasons.
His departure, which was confirmed by both Hobbit director, Peter Jackson and Kazinsky through social media networks Facebook and Twitter on Sunday means the production will now have to recast the role of Fili, the second youngest of the company of dwarves in The Hobbit films.
Jackson said, “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”
He added that there would be no interruption to shooting.
“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,” Jackson wrote.
“Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it’s with a truly sad heart that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as I’ve seen and I will miss the family and friends that i’ve here, From every disaster i’ve tried to make an opportunity,” Kazinsky wrote via Twitter.
The news comes as Jackson also confirmed that Ian Holm will reprise his role as the older Bilbo Baggins.
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