Last week, The Hobbit took a hit to its dwarf population with the departure of actor Robert Kazinsky, but today director Peter Jackson has recovered handily, replacing that actor and adding elf royalty to his cast, as well. According to the film's Facebook, New Zealand actor Dean O'Gorman will now be taking over the role of young dwarf Fili. O'Gorman is currently starring in the down-under program The Almighty Johnsons, having paid his acting dues on Young Hercules, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena: Warrior Princess, so he'll probably be pretty excited to get a shot at a fantasy series where they actually pay for your lunches.
The Fall and Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace also joins as the Elven King Thranduil--a character, nerdlore informs me, was father of Orlando Bloom's Legolas, who also supposedly has "more than a cameo" in the Lord of the Rings prequels. Maybe they can play catch or something.