Billy Connolly is making his way to middle earth for a part in Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Connolly will play Dain Ironfoot, a dwarf warrior and the cousin of Thorin Oakenshield.
Peter Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter:
“We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, 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!”
Connolly has most recently been seen in the TV show House M.D., Gulliver’s Travels, The Boondock Saints and Good Sharma
The first part of the new two-part Hobbit retelling is due in theaters on Dec. 14.
Do you think Billy Connolly is the right match for Dain Ironfoot? He definitely looks the role to me and Peter Jackson has been excellent at picking the right actors for J.R.R. Tolkiens characters in the past.