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Billy Connolly joins the cast of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Jackson announced today that Billy Connolly has joined the cast of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey¬†and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. He’ll play Dain Ironfoot, “a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield.” Peter Jackson said:

“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!”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will follow on December 13, 2013. Both films will be released in 3D.

Source: Heat Vision | THR