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Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie, who was an Elven extra in the first and third Lord of the Rings films, has joined the cast of The Hobbit, Variety reports.
Unfortunately, however, the actor and musician won’t be playing Figwit, the fan-created moniker for his unnamed Lord of the Rings character (it’s an acronym for, “Frodo Is Great … Who Is THAT?!?”). Instead, McKenzie will portray Lindir, an Elf of Rivendell who, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel, listens to Bilbo Baggins recite poetry.
McKenzie, whose involvement in The Hobbit had been rumored for a while, joins a sprawling cast that includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinksy, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blachett, Elijah Wood, Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi.
Production on director Peter Jackson’s adaptation began in New Zealand on March 21. The two movies will be released in 3D in 2012 and 2013.