Meet Peter Jackson's latest dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarf band that meets up with Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming 'Hobbit' films.

He's played by Richard Armitage, who's channeling his fiercest Highlander-meets-Klingon look in a just-released photo posted to

When he was cast, Jackson said of Armitage, "He is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakenshield. We feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands."

The British actor also plays Nazi agent Heinz Kruger in 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' which opens July 22.

See the full 'Hobbit' image, one from 'Captain America,' as well as Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in BBC's 'Robin Hood,' after the jump.