THE HOBBIT to Star Billy Connolly as Dwarven Warrior

     February 8, 2012


In J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe there is a vast array of characters available for actors to portray. Some, like Evangeline Lilly’s elf, Tauriel, are created specifically for The Hobbit, while some actors, like Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse), lend their performance and voice to a mythological creature. Then there is Billy Connolly (Boondock Saints) who gets to play one of the most fearsome and storied dwarves in all of Tolkien’s tomes. The Scottish actor will play Dain Ironfoot, cousin to Thorin Oakenshield (played by Richard Armitage) and a power-player in dwarven royalty. Having brought Connolly on as Ironfoot, director Peter Jackson commented on how this latest addition has completed the cast. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

THR originally the-hobbit-billy-connollyreported on Connolly’s addition to The Hobbit. As I adore his iconic role in Boondock Saints, I’m anxious to see him at half his height but twice his ferocity. Jackson apparently feels the same way:

“We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connolly, 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!”

Connolly joins Ian McKellen, who will reprise his role as Gandalf, along with Martin Freeman, who will play a younger version of Bilbo Baggins (as compared to The Lord of the Rings) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey debuts in theaters on December 14th with its conclusion, The Hobbit: There and Back Again following almost a year later on December 13th, 2013. Get caught up on all of our coverage of The Hobbit movies here.

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  • !_!

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  • CanIHaveASlice?

    While I was working at a Star Bucks in Manhattan, I was having a very terrible day. The store was busy, the customers were mean and my coworkers weren’t exactly pulling their weight. I was at the very end of the assembly line, and my job was to call out the drinks so that everyone knew when to pick them up. As I was standing there feeling depressed and angry, I look up to see Mr. Billy Connolly standing there, patiently waiting for his Strawberry/Banana smoothie. I smiled, handed him his drink and said “I love your work.” He looked me in the eye, said “YEAH!” and gave me a fist bump. My day completely turned around and I felt awesome the rest of my shift. Just a personal little story about how this gentleman is a righteous dude and totally made my day.

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  • Jay McKells

    Good move for Connolly to stick to acting now, as he keeps walking off stage and finishing the show early every time someone has the audacity to heckle his stand up nowadays… The “Big Yin” was a long time ago now dawgs…

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    There is only one sensible thing to say to news like this: FUCK YEAH!!!!!

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