"Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters," director Peter Jackson announced. "Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He's going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called 'The Fall' a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately."
Thranduil happens to be the father of Legolas, the character (we don't need to tell you) played by Orlando Bloom in the 'Lord of the Rings' films.
Jackson tweeted the news on his Facebook page, along with the casting of Kiwi actor Dean O'Gorman as Fili, who's replacing Rob Kazinsky.
"Dean's a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He's recently been in an excellent TV series down here called 'The Almighty Johnsons' and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year," Jackson posted. "Dean will be joining us next week."
Pace can be seen as Garrett in parts one and two of 'Breaking Dawn.' He was also in 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,' 'A Single Man' and 'The Good Shepherd.'
'The Hobbit' will be released as two films in 2012 and 2013.
[Via Empire Online]