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Cate Blanchett On For The Hobbit
Along with Ken Stott and Sylvester McCoy

08 December 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: TheOneRing

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Peter Jackson has added a load of actors to The Hobbit, with one making a welcome return to the world of Tolkien. Cate Blanchett has agreed to reprise her role as the powerful elf Galadriel, while Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher are also jumping aboard.

While Lord of the Rings veteran Galadriel doesn’t actually crop up in the original book of The Hobbit, she’s certainly old enough to appear in the film’s timeline, and she’s also in both The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, which take place long, long before this story.

“Cate is one of my favourite actors to work with and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films,” said Peter Jackson in the official release, picked up by Coming Soon and The One Ring.

McCoy, still probably best known as the seventh actor to play The Doctor in Doctor Who, has won the role of wizard Radagast the Brown. His casting is also not much of a surprise, since he’s been dropping huge hints for ages that he got the part.

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt’s casting also leaked out fairly recently, but now Jackson has confirmed that he’s playing the shape shifter Beorn. “The role of Beorn is an iconic one and Mikael was our first choice for the part. Since seeing him read for the role we can't imagine anyone else playing this character.”

Stott is more of a surprise, and he’ll be playing the key character of dwarf Balin (whose tomb we saw in Fellowship of the Ring). But it’s clear that Jackson championed his casting: “Fran and I have long been fans of Ken's work and are excited he will be joining us on this journey.”

As for the rest, Gage will be Drogo Baggins, Jed Brophy is dwarf Nori and William Kircher is fellow beardy shortarse Bifur, whose casting rounds out the company of Thorin Oakenshield.

Jackson plans to start shooting in New Zealand this coming February, with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton and newcomer Adam Brown already in the cast.


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RE: Em...
The White Council drive the 'Necromancer' out of Mirkwood 'off-page' as it were during the timeline of the Hobbit.  Other than the fact Galadriel helped set up the White Council over a millennium before, what's she doing there?  Radagast is a member of said council and also as he wasn't in LotR it's nice to see his inclusion.  My point is her inclusion is fairly artificial, which is a shame.  It's not a deal breaker for me it just seems a bit pointless. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 16:25 on 08 December 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Em...
L: jmebaby25 I'm not sure that the inclusion of Galadriel counts as the Hobbit being crammed full of shout-outs to LOTR. I trust Jackson with this and I think that The Hobbit is in safe hands. I didn't see McKellen listed as having signed on in the article. Has he? ot officially he hasn't. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 14:59 on 08 December 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Em...
L: Invader_Ace No. I don't like it.  Yes, she was awesome in LOTR, but the Hobbit is just a different beast.  It should be a simpler adventure film.  Not crammed full of shout-outs to LOTR and needlessly epic-ed-up. I'm not sure that the inclusion of Galadriel counts as the Hobbit being crammed full of shout-outs to LOTR. I trust Jackson with this and I think that The Hobbit is in safe hands. I didn't see McKellen listed as having signed on in the article. Has he? More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 13:08 on 08 December 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Em...
No. I don't like it.  Yes, she was awesome in LOTR, but the Hobbit is just a different beast.  It should be a simpler adventure film.  Not crammed full of shout-outs to LOTR and needlessly epic-ed-up. More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 13:04 on 08 December 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Em...
L: Knight of Fury ...as Galadriel isn't (as you rightly point out) actually in the Hobbit or mentioned, or hinted at in the most abstract way, why shoe-horn her into the film? I can see a bit of jiggery pokery to fit say Legolas in a brief cameo (SPOILER: they do end up in his gaff), but why do we need added complication to this already fairly daunting adaptation? Still very glad to see McCoy and Stott confirmed. adagast isn't in the book either, and yet you are glad of his inclusi More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 10:11 on 08 December 2010 | Report This Post

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