Peter Jackson Hires Even More Dwarves

[caption id="attachment_15321" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Getty Images"]James Nesbitt[/caption]

It sounds like some kind of Middle-Earth joke: how many dwarves do you need to find a dragon's treasure? But as all fans of 'The Hobbit" know, it's a very serious question, which explains why Peter Jackson is taking such great care in selecting all 12 dwarves for his upcoming two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's beloved classic.

And the latest to join the company of dwarves: James Nesbitt and Adam Brown, who will play the dwarves Bofur and Ori respectively.

"James’s charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles," Jackson said about Nesbitt in a press release. "We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast."

He went on to add that "Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life."

Nesbitt and Brown join a slew of actors who have already been announced in the role of various dwarves, including Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Aidan Turner (Kili), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), John Callen (Oin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Peter Hambleton (Gloin).

By our count that's ten dwarves so far, meaning three more -- Malin, Bifur and Dori -- have yet to be cast. Also not yet cast: Dasher, Dancer and Blitzen.

The first part of "The Hobbit" is scheduled to land in theaters in late 2012.