If history has anything to say about it, maybe this is sign of good things to come.
Just weeks into filming, Peter Jackson is doing some scrambling to recast a key part on The Hobbit, following the abrupt departure of British actor Rob Kazinsky, who was set to play the dwarf Fili, 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,” the Oscar-winning helmer announced on his Facebook page.
But will the much-delayed two-part prequel be pushed back even more?
“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,” said Jackson.
Whoever the filmmaker finds for the Tolkien flicks, it’s a tough break for Kazinsky, who undoubtedly would’ve been catapulted to worldwide fame.
Writing on Twitter, the actor cited a “health issue” as the reason he’s leaving.
“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,” he tweeted, “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.
“It’s a health issue duncs, all will be well in time, promise!”
The 27-year-old actor is perhaps best known as for his stint the BBC soap opera East Enders from 2006 to 2009. He’s also made guest appearances on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters and NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles and has an upcoming part in the George Lucas-produced Red Tails, a World War II-era film about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Kazinsky can take heart—Jackson’s no stranger to last-minute switcheroos.
As it happened, a day before shooting began on The Lord of the Rings, the director ditched Stuart Townshend in favor of Viggo Mortensen in the central role of Aragorn.
And we know how that turned out.
Already beset by threats of union strikes , financial issues , set fires , a director change and Jackson’s own health issues , The Hobbit has been repeatedly delayed but finally got rolling in late March.
The first installment of the film, which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins along with LOTR vets Ian McKellen, Cate Blachett, Elijah Woods and Andy Serkis, is set for release in late 2012 and will be followed by part two in late 2013.
By: Josh Grossberg