Actor quits for personal reasons.

Actor Robert Kazinsky, best known for his role in ‘Eastenders,’ has dropped out of ‘The Hobbit’ for personal reasons. Kazinsky was set to play Fili, one of the thirteen dwarves who will feature in the two movie adaptation. Fili is the brother of Kili (Aidan Turner) and the nephew of Thorin (Richard Armitage). Peter Jackson confirmed the actor’s departure with the following statement:

“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.”

Kazinsky released the following statement via his Twitter account:

“Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it’s with a truly sad heart that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as i’ve seen and I will miss the family and friends that i’ve here, From every disaster i’ve tried to make an opportunity. -john d rokerfeller”