Robert Kazinsky leaves ‘The Hobbit’ for ‘personal reasons’

Director Peter Jackson insists departure won't cause further delays to project

Robert Kazinsky will no longer appear in The Hobbit after quitting the role of dwarf Fili in the JRR Tolkien adaptation.

Director Peter Jackson confirmed the former EastEnders actor has returned to the UK to deal with an unspecified personal problem.

Writing on his official Facebook page, Facebook.com/pages/Peter-Jackson, Jackson insisted the actor’s exit will not cause further delays to the New Zealand-based project.

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,” he commented.

The film-maker also paid tribute to Kazinsky‘s contribution.

Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us,” he said.

The two-part Lord Of The Rings prequel has already been subject to a series of delays, after studio MGM suffered financial troubles.

The project also lost its original director Guillermo Del Toro, paving the way for Jackson to return to the franchise.

The Office actor Martin Freeman will star as Bilbo Baggins in the film, with Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from The Lord Of The Rings.