Moving on to characters who actually are in the original tome, the entire Company of Dwarves – who are pivotal to the story – have all been recruited. They are the company who set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from covetous dragon Smaug.
For this diminutive collection, Jackson hired an assortment of British actors, with Richard Armitage (who will also appear in
Captain America: The First Avenger
) heading up the brood as Thorin Oakenshield, the Company’s leader.
Then there’s Aidan Turner as Kili, Rob Kazinsky as Fili, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Mark Hadlow as Dori and Peter Hambleton as Gloin.
Meanwhile, character actor James Nesbitt was cast as forthright and occasionally brave dwarf Bofur. “James’ charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles,” Jackson said. “We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast.”
And newcomer Adam Brown will play Ori, another member of the Company. Jackson comments: “Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life”.
Keeping things in the family, it was also reported in January 2011 that Jackson had hired his
star Saoirse Ronan for an unspecified role in the film. Though her casting has yet to be confirmed, Ronan has stated she’d love to be a part of
: “Yeah if I was asked, certainly.”