According to Variety, James Nesbitt will play Bofur, described by the producers as "a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf. Adam Brown will play Ori, another of the pic's Dwarf Company.
Warner Bros., New Line and MGM made the announcement late Monday. Martin Freeman will portray Bilbo Baggins. Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Robert Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton also star.
The studios reached a settlement agreement last week with the New Zealand government, which agreed to change its labor laws and sweeten production incentives in exchage for keeping The Hobbit in New Zealand.