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Billy Connolly to Play Dain Ironfoot in 'The Hobbit'

Feb 08, 2012 | 4:25pm EST

3558007.jpgScotsman Billy Connolly has joined the cast of The Hobbit, THR reports. The prolific character actor and comedian will play Dain Ironfoot, a "great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield," (the Thorin Oakenshield?!? Whoa!) in Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel, which is slated to unveil its first chapter, An Unexpected Journey, in theaters December 14. In a statement to the Reporter, Jackson said the addition of Connolly signaled that "the cast of The Hobbit is now complete." The hype, however, has only just begun.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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