Film News: Connolly to Venture into Middle Earth in ‘The Hobbit’

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly is joining the cast of Sir Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit. Yesterday it was announced that he will play the dwarf warrior, Dain Ironfoot, a cousin of one of the central characters Thorin Oakenshield.

The Dominion Post quotes Peter Jackson:

“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.”

Past performances of the Scottish comedian include The Last SamuraiLemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Muppet Treasure Island.

The first installment The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14 of this year.

Do you think Connolly is suited to the part of Dain Ironfoot? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

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