Director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has a kosher flavor to it, in the shape of 26-year-old Jewish British actor Robert Kazinsky.

Kazinsky - who is most famous in Britain for his role as Sean Slater in the BBC soap Eastenders - has been cast as the dwarf Fili, alongside a host of other British talent. He reportedly speaks Hebrew and has appeared in television commercials in Israel.

Kazinsky publicly celebrated landing the role on Friday, writing on his Twitter page that he was “looking forward to some orc slaying!” Earlier this week, he hinted at the announcement about The Hobbit, telling followers: “News only days away, stay tuned folks.”

The lead role of Bilbo Baggins has gone to Martin Freeman, who starred as Arthur Dent in the remake of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and as the long-suffering Tim Canterbury in the original version of The Office.

The cinema adaptation of the book, which serves as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings saga, has been beset by numerous difficulties which have delayed production. The first part is expected to reach cinemas in December 2012.