Now now that production is actually going in New Zealand on the LOTR prequel, The Hobbit, I truly thought everything would go smoothly now. But it wouldn’t be The Hobbit if it did.
Because now Peter Jackson needs a new Fili.
Fili is one of the thirteen dwarves whom Bilbo accompanies on his journey to defeat the dragon Smaug. Rob Kazinsky was cast as the character, but according to director Peter Jackson he’s leaving The Hobbit for “personal reasons”.
Though they have already shot a couple of scenes with Rob as Fili, they are not to much apparently. Of the impact of Rob departure, Jackson says, “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.”
This is not new to The Hobbit; Stuart Townsend was originally cast as Aragorn in that film, only to be replaced by Viggo Mortensen the day before the start of filming.