Billy Connolly to play dwarf warrior in 'The Hobbit'

Thursday February 9, 2012

Billy Connolly has been announced as the final addition to the cast of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

The Scottish actor and comedian will play Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) in the two-part film prequel to JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Peter told the Hollywood Reporter: "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!"

The Office star Martin Freeman is starring in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, while his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch is also appearing as Smaug the dragon.

The film has already begun shooting on location in New Zealand, where sets including the Hobbit land of The Shire have been built.

Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey here

Photo: © Getty

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