Looks like Bilbo Baggins is going to have to do without the help of one of his faithful dwarves for a while, because an actor in The Hobbit, which has finally begun filming, has decided to leave the production.
Director Peter Jackson made the announcement over on his Facebook page:
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.
We're sorry to see Kazinsky go, because Fili has always been one of our favorites, and we think the actor would have done a good job.
Any suggestions as to who should replace him?