With the hot and heavy casting news recently people are furiously trying to fill in un cast characters with likely candidates. Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is once again being mentioned as possibly playing Thranduil the Elvenking in the forthcoming Hobbit movie.

Tennant just recently announced that he and former costar Catherine Tate are to appear in a production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which opens in London’s Wyndham Theatre from 16th May 2011. They will be playing the roles of combative lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the play, being directed by Bush Theatre Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

What does this mean? Well Thranduil is not a major character in the books, so Tennant would not need to be in New Zealand for a long stretch. He may possibly be able to film his scenes this upcoming (New Zealand) winter. Read on from DigitalSpy.com:

“David Tennant has been linked to the role of Thranduil the Elvenking in the forthcoming Hobbit movie.

According to Movieweb, the former Doctor Who star is preparing to join Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and Sir Ian McKellen in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel project.

Thranduil is the father of the character Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings. Bloom is also reportedly attached to portray the part in The Hobbit.

Tennant was previously rumored to be in consideration for the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, which eventually went to Freeman.

Part one of The Hobbit will open in cinemas in December 2012.”

Comments

  1. emma

    oh my i am already excited about the hobbit and the return of other lotr charecters but to here that david tennet may play the elvin king is way to mucH! may be a tad weird as orlando and david are similer in age but neverless! im a happy bunny

  2. Salleykerry

    no, please no

  3. Anonymous

    Sounds cool, but that guy does *not* look like an elven king.

  4. Guest

    David Tennant is way too mousy for such a part. Thranduil should be someone with a lot more grandeur to their look.

  5. Stormraven24

    If this ends up being true, then this man is even more my hero! He was the Doctor, he was in Harry Potter (and referenced it as the Doctor), and now possibly being in the Hobbit? What more could a good little geek like me ask for? :3

  6. Emmabelle

    ‘Lij and David in a film together! PJ is offically God! However i’ll wait till the offical annoucment before I get too excited.

  7. Mylasgalen

    Why can’t Orlando play Thranduil? He will show the huge range he has while playing both Legolas and Thranduil. It was said that Legolas looks like his father and Tennant and Bloom don’t look like each other at all. Plus, it will be hard to play the Elven King as it is because the high expectations are set by Orlando playing Legolas in LOTR. The only other actor I see so far in this role is French Canadian actor Roy Dupuis. They have a lot in common in acting style with Orlando (both are amazing with the eyes and body language, both have the tremendous control, both have very strong presence on screen, teh camera loves them, etc.) Boy, that would be just WOW! I’ll move to live in the movie theatre. LOL.

    • Recycling actors is a no-no for big budget films like this.

    • Authiel

      It was NEVER mentioned that Legolas looks like his father. Even if Orlando wasn’t coming back, it would be awkward having him play his character’s father. Orlando is Legolas, end of story.

      Anyway, I love Doctor Who, but I’m not crazy about this rumour. He doesn’t look Thranduil to me, or even an elf. I’m personally hoping for Dominic Keating.

  8. Miss Impertinence

    Oh, please no. He’s a brilliant actor, but completely wrong for Thranduil.

  9. Isalou

    I absolutely adore him, I really do… But I don’t think he’s right for Tharanduil! I’d love to see him in the film though, so maybe as Bard the Bowman?

    • elanor_gamgee

      Yes! I completely agree. Besides for that they just cast Bard… :'(

    • elanor_gamgee

      Yes! I completely agree. Besides for that they just cast Bard… :'(

  10. Lijo

    No! No offence to DT, but he is really not that character. But, if Pete does cast him as Tharanduil, then we have to trust him. He kinda knows what he’s talking about!

  11. YaY David!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dr. Who joins the Hobbit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Singinachau

    Pleeeaasseee cast him as Thranduil! David and Orlando sharing screen-time will be fantastic (well, for me, it will be! LOL). And with Sylvester McCoy also in the cast, how can things in Middle Earth go wrong now, with 2 Doctors? 😉

  13. Razer

    Tennant = Yes.
    Thranduil = Yes.
    Tennant AS Thranduil = Unsure.

    I agree with Isalou mainly, cast him as Bard so us Tennant fangirls can be all happyfais when he kills Smaug. (I kid of course XD) But yeah, GIVE IT A BIT MORE THOUGHT, MAN D:

  14. Ok let me try this again. David Tennant might be playing Thranduil the Elvinking in The Hobbit!

  15. Mfalcon69

    As much as I love David Tennant, I don’t see him in The Hobbit. He’s not physically right for Tharanduil or Bard. He’s too intense for a bit part and too skinny for a dragonslayer. I still want to see a lot more of him, but not in this.

  16. elfgirl

    He should at lest be clean shaven when he plays the role.

  17. Seyar

    David T and R.Armitage together playing in he hobbit, wowww the best of England for the best movie ! Give him a chance to prove that he can plays a right elfeking, he deserves it !

    • Jesoose

      I wouldn’t call Tennant English to his face if I were you. Apart from that I agree totally! 🙂

      • Mkjcaylor

        “I’m sorry sir, are you speaking Scottish now?”

        • Tracy Green

          “Do we have double English or double Scottish?”

  18. The role of Thranduil is in fact fairly substantial. I’m not sure I could forgive the makers of the film for casting David Tennant. Although he is a fine actor, I cannot see the elf in him. Is this the face of a king of woodelves, or of the father of one so magnificent as Legolas? I think not. There is alot riding on the shoulders of the one cast to play Thranduil.

  19. The role of Thranduil is in fact fairly substantial. I’m not sure I could forgive the makers of the film for casting David Tennant. Although he is a fine actor, I cannot see the elf in him. Is this the face of a king of woodelves, or of the father of one so magnificent as Legolas? I think not. There is alot riding on the shoulders of the one cast to play Thranduil.

  20. Zcandlish1

    With the casting as good as it already is, plus the addition of David Tennant, I can honestly say that watching boh of these movies will just be like one continuous 2 hour long orgasm :3

  21. Zcandlish1

    With the casting as good as it already is, plus the addition of David Tennant, I can honestly say that watching boh of these movies will just be like one continuous 2 hour long orgasm :3

  22. Zcandlish1

    With the casting as good as it already is, plus the addition of David Tennant, I can honestly say that watching boh of these movies will just be like one continuous 2 hour long orgasm :3

  23. Zcandlish1

    With the casting as good as it already is, plus the addition of David Tennant, I can honestly say that watching boh of these movies will just be like one continuous 2 hour long orgasm :3

  24. Zcandlish1

    With the casting as good as it already is, plus the addition of David Tennant, I can honestly say that watching boh of these movies will just be like one continuous 2 hour long orgasm :3

  25. TolkienFanatic

    Oh god…not tennant…how…why….he’ll ruin the character….god no….-beats head on desk- WHY?!

  26. Frannyjsmith

    According to IMDB Lee Pace is listed as King Thranduil http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/

  27. Aliluv153

    If he does I will cry and jump for joy I love David!

  28. Aliluv153

    If he does I will cry and jump for joy I love David!

  29. Aliluv153

    If he does I will cry and jump for joy I love David!

  30. Aliluv153

    If he does I will cry and jump for joy I love David!

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