Peter Jackson has completed the star-studded cast of the Hobbit after signing up Billy Connolly to play a dwarf warrior.

We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves,than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself

The Gulliver's Travels actor will tackle the role of Dain Ironfoot and joins Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom in the director's Lord of the Rings prequel.

Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves,than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself. "With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete.

We can't wait to see him on the Battlefield!" The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit theatres in December (12).