Saoirse Ronan is not “Official” and Other Hobbit Changes
Early rumors struck weeks ago of Saoirse Ronan, Peter Jackson’s star of his 2009 movie, “The Lovely Bones,” is not a sure deal for The Hobbit movies. Rumors circulated that indeed Ronan was casted to play the role of Itaril. The actress said the following to The Irish Times:
“No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet. I’d love to get a role in ‘The Hobbit. I think everybody in the world would like a role in ‘The Hobbit.'”
We know that indeed there have been talks between Ronan and Hobbit producers, but that full contract details had not been fully decided yet. This activity is very common when dealing with multiple movie contracts, especially one as popular as The Hobbit is anticipated to be. We expect more “official” announcements regarding Ronan’s involvement to be released very shortly.
More changes are continuing to happen with The Hobbit movie. Mount Ngauruhoe, which is the mountain known as Mount Doom from The Lord of the Rings series, will not be used as a set for The Hobbit movies. Peter Jackson was denied permission to shoot at the mountain, as it has now been declared “sacred.” As a result, Jackson is looking at Mount Taranaki and the Southern Alps as possible replacements.
It will be hard to replace that backdrop of Mount Doom.