'Pushing Daisies' Lee Pace will soon be fitted for a pair of pointed ears and a lovely, long wig: The actor's just agreed to join the 'The Hobbit' as Elven King Thranduil.

"Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters," director Peter Jackson announced. "Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He's going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called 'The Fall' a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately."

Thranduil happens to be the father of Legolas, the character (we don't need to tell you) played by Orlando Bloom in the 'Lord of the Rings' films.

Jackson tweeted the news on his Facebook page, along with the casting of Kiwi actor Dean O'Gorman as Fili, who's replacing Rob Kazinsky.
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