As for the rest of the casting news, they've confirmed ex-Doctor Who doctor Sylvester McCoy as Radagast, and announced Ken Stott as Balin, New Zealand actors Jed Brophy as Nori and William Kircher as Bifur, Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins, and finally Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifting Beorn.
But what I want to talk about is Hobbit casting news that happened back in October that has just now dawned on me, because I am kind of a moron. The previous dwarf casting included Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Aidan Turner as Kili, Rob Kazinsky as Fili, Graham McTavish as Gloin, John Callin as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur and Mark Hadlow as Dori. It was a mess of British and Kiwi actors I hadn't heard of and the dwarves' names were so distractingly silly (as they've always been) that I didn't think any more about it. And then today, when I was researching this news (yes, really!!!) someone had a pic of Aidan Turner next to the casting announcement and I suddenly realized why his name sounded a little familiar to me.
He's the vampire in BBC's Being Human.