Billy Connolly Added To The Cast Of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'
Reported by Outsiders - 12:32 PM 2012.02.09
Peter Jackson and filming partner Fran Walsh have added the final piece to the two-picture adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit with the casting of Billy Connolly. Connolly joins the cast in the role of Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield.
“We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can’t wait to see him on the Battlefield!”
Majority of the first film has finished filming with about 100 or so days of production that should be completed by July. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released by Warner Bros for New Line and MGM on December 14, 2012 and the second installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, bows December 13, 2013.