“James's charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles," said director Peter Jackson. “We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast," he added.
Newcomer Adam Brown has also been cast as Ori. Martin Freeman will play the lead character of Bilbo Baggins in the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel.
London (ANI): James Nesbitt has signed on to join the cast of The Hobbit. The 45-year-old 'Cold Feet" actor will play Bofur, 'a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave dwarf", reports the BBC.