The production of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ continues to hit more bumps as it start getting into filming. There have been problems going back since it’s inception ranging from union issues to budgets, bankruptcies, casting availabilities…. and even Jackson’s unexpected pre-filming surgery.

Now, as filming gets underway it looks like they’ll have one more speed bump to deal with. Rob Kazinski, the actor who was slated to play the role of Fili had to leave the production for personal reasons.

Here are the official Facebook post for both Peter Jackson and Kazinski

Jackson’s Facebook 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.
Cheers, Peter J

Kazinsky’s Twitter:

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”