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Billy Connolly Possibly Last Actor to Join The Hobbit

Billy Connolly has been cast as Dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ films, and is possibly the last person to join the ensemble of ‘The Lord of the Ring’ prequels, Slashfilm is reporting. Since the character only has a small part in ‘The Hobbit’ novel, and shooting is already underway, it’s unknown if Connolly will appear in both prequel movies.

Dain is the second cousin of Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage. Thorin gathers the company that recruits Bilbo Baggins, portrayed by Martin Freeman, for a quest to reclaim his family’s ancient treasure from Smaug, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a winged worm. Dain plays a part in the climactic Battle of Fire Armies at the end of the novel, which suggests he’ll only be seen in the second sequel, ‘There and Back Again.’

Of Connelly’s casting, Jackson said he couldn’t think of a more fitting actor to play Dain. “With (Billy) stepping into the role, the cast of ‘The Hobbit’ is no complete,” the filmmaker added.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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