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Saoirse Ronan Ditches 'Hobbit' for 'Host'

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In the words of the late, great Freddie Mercury, another one bites the dust.

Just days after Robert Kazinski had to be replaced by Dean O'Gorman for the part of dwarf Fili, a high-profile star has dropped out of the running to take part in the journey of "The Hobbit" which, production-wise, has been rocky in every sense of the term.

According to The Belfast Telegraph, precocious pixie Saoirse Ronan, a Peter Jackson veteran after "The Lovely Bones," is saying sayonara to Middle Earth.

"It’s probably not going to work out with 'The Hobbit' unfortunately," she said. "Because I would have been working for about a year on it and there were other projects that I was very interested in, but Pete and [his producer wife] Fran have been very good about it and very understanding. I’ll have to just go back down to New Zealand for a holiday and hang out with the hobbits."

Currently the 17-year-old Oscar nominee is kicking ass and taking names in Joe Wright's super-stylish action thriller "Hanna," and will play yet another pint-sized assassin in "Violet & Daisy," but her real reason for abandoning the role of woodland elf Itaril in "The Hobbit" is probably that she just signed on to headline Stephanie Meyer's alien body-possession saga "The Host."

If there's anyone more otherworldly and elf-like to take the Itaril part than Ronan we're stumped… what's Gemma Ward up to?

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