The Hobbit Welcomes Back Cate Blanchett…and Others
For anyone who is a follower of this site, the news of Cate Blanchett “officially” being signed on as a member of The Hobbit movie cast, shouldn’t be much of a surprise. We have now known for quite sometime that the Australian actress was set to return to as her lovely role of Galadriel, the Etherial Elf. Some of you may be asking how is that possible? Galadriel does not have any role in The Hobbit book.
It is known that much of The Hobbit Part 1 will tell most of the story that we find in the actual Hobbit book. Part 2 of The Hobbit movie will contain some of the Hobbit book, but will mostly focus on bridging the two stories of The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings. To be included in this part is the famous White Council, which is an event in Tolkien history that takes place prior to the story of Lord of the Rings. Here, Galadriel calls the Eldar Lords, Wizards, and Elves to discuss the uprising of Sauron and his attempts to find his One Ring of Power.
It is here that Gandalf first begins to suspect Saruman’s involvement with Sauron. The story is a very important part of Tolkien history and will host a variety of familiar characters we know from Lord of the Rings.
Along with the news of Cate Blanchett, Peter Jackson announced other casting holes which have now been filled. Among those were Sylvester McCoy as Radagast (we also reported this a while ago), Ken Stott will be playing the role of Balin. Mikael Persbrandt has been confirmed to be playing the role of Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage will be playing the role of Drogo Baggins (Frodo’s father), and New Zealand actors Jed Brophy and William Kircher will be playing the Dwarf roles of Nori and Bifur.
Left out of the official announcement, once again, is anticipated Ian McKellen, who still has not received the “official” nod from the studios that he has been casted, despite his McKellen’s website listing The Hobbit as a current project. It still remains likely that the absence of an announcement is purely strategic tactics and nothing pointing to McKellen being replaced as Gandalf. More announcements and rumors should continue to role in and we will keep you posted.