'The Hobbit' director Peter Jackson has announced the sad news that 'EastEnders' actor Rob Kazinsky - who was set to play the role of Fili, one of the twelve dwarves - has left the film, and that his role will have to be recast.
Jackson had this to say:
"I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons. Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob's departure will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili's storyline. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili. I'll keep everyone posted with updates as they come."
Kazinsky confirmed that he was leaving the film due to health issues, and thanked the team via his Twitter:
"Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it’s with a truly sad heart that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as i’ve seen and I will miss the family and friends that i’ve here, From every disaster i’ve tried to make an opportunity."
Losing an actor during filming isn't unheard of in the film industry and as Jackson explicitly states, Kazinsky's departure is not expected to impact or delay the seemingly cursed film. 'The Hobbit, Part One' is still expected to arrive on December 19th, 2012.