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Ex-EastEnder Robert Kazinsky quits The Hobbit as Ian Holm re-enters

Robert Kazinsky

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER EastEnders star Robert Kazinsky has quit The Hobbit.

The actor, who played Sean Slater in the BBC soap, was forced to depart due to health reasons, according to director Peter Jackson.

He had been cast to play Dwarf Fili in the Lord of the Rings prequel.

Announcing the news on his website, Jackson said: “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 himself posted on his Twitter page: “It’s a health issue, all will be well in time, promise!”

He added: “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. (sic).”

As one actor departs, however, another has confirmed his return… Sir Ian Holm is to reprise his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, having previously played the character in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.

He will portray Baggins in his elder years in the ‘Rings prequel – while Martin Freeman plays him in his younger guise for the majority of the movie.

On Sir Ian’s casting, Jackson said via Facebook: “Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.”

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