7 Dec 2010

Casting Updates - Cate Blanchett confirmed for The Hobbit ( and a few more names)

It is with great joy this evening that I can announce Cate Blanchett has been confirmed in the reprise of Lady Galadriel for The Hobbit movies. Also confirmed by New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. on the casting list are Scottish actor Ken Stott as Balin, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn, British actor Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins, and New Zealand actors Jed Brophy and William Kircher respectively as Dwarves Nori and Bifur.

'Cate is one of my favorite 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' Peter Jackson commented on the news of Cate Blanchett reprise of Galadriel. Jackson also welcomed the addition to the cast of Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt '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.' And on the casting of Scottish actor Ken Stott 'Fran and I have long been fans of Ken's work and are excited he will be joining us on this journey.'

The cast is growing and things are definitely looking up for The Hobbit with filming starting early next year. We still miss the wizard ( hoping to ear some good news from Sir Ian McKellen soon) , an *official* announcement of the casting of Andy Serkis as Gollum , and Hugo Weaving in the reprise of Elrond...keeping my little hobbit ears open and I shall report back to you as soon as I get more casting news :)