James Nesbitt is Peter Jackson’s Bofur…

James Nesbitt has officially been confirmed for the upcoming Hobbit movies.

The 45-year-old actor will play the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation.

In a statement, Jackson said: “James’s charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast.”

Bofur is described as a “disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave dwarf”, and accompanies Bilbo and Thorin on the Quest of Erebor in the original book.

Adam Brown has also been cast as fellow dwarf Ori. Jackson commented: “Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life.”

The films are expected to hit cinemas in December 2012 and December 2013.