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APRIL FOOLS! – KEY ROLES FILLED BY STUART TOWNSEND, SAIORSE RONAN FOR THE HOBBIT

April 1, 2011 at 7:21 am by Celeborn  - 

This was TheOneRing.net’s 2011 April Fools Joke. This is a completely fabricated story.

Wellington, NZ, April 1, 2011—Production is underway in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece.

Set in Middle-earth, “The Hobbit” takes place 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Joining the all-star cast is actor Stuart Townsend as the grim and heroric Bard. Bard is a skilled archer from the town of Dale, who finds himself holding the fate of his people on the string of his bow. Stuart is no stranger to Middle-earth as he was originally cast as Aragorn in the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy but left the production for personal reasons. “This is a great chance for Stuart to return to Middle-earth and bring his immeasurable talents to the production,” said casting director Thomas Williams.

Saiorse Ronan also joins the cast in the role of Itaril, a quick and lithe Silvan elf who is dedicated to protecting the Elf King of Mirkwood. Ms. Ronan was previously directed by Peter Jackson in 2009’s critically acclaimed ‘The Lovely Bones.’

“The Hobbit” cast already includes Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. Further announcements are expected.

“The Hobbit” films are co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM. The two films are planned for release in late 2012 and 2013, respectively.

ABOUT NEW LINE CINEMA:

New Line Cinema continues to be one of the most successful independent film companies. For more than 40 years, its mission has been to produce innovative, popular, profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line produced the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which is a landmark in the history of film franchises. New Line Cinema is a division of Warner Bros.

ABOUT PETER JACKSON/WINGNUT FILMS:

Peter Jackson is one of the world’s most successful filmmakers. His monumental achievement co-writing, co-producing and directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy (with fellow Academy Award winners and frequent collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Academy Awards. Jackson and Walsh received their first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for their acclaimed film Heavenly Creatures. Jackson, through his New Zealand-based Wingnut Films banner, also was responsible for the globally successful 2005 remake of King Kong which earned over $500 million worldwide and 3 Academy Awards. Jackson most recently directed the Academy Award nominated The Lovely Bones; an adaptation of the acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, which to date has earned nearly $100 million worldwide; and produced the global sensation, District 9, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. He is also developing a trilogy of films with Steven Spielberg based on Tintin, the world renowned comic book series by Herge. In 2010 he received a Knighthood for his services to film.

ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com. What is the date again?


Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Make the Hobbit Happen, The Hobbit on April 1, 2011 by APRIL FOOLS! – KEY ROLES FILLED BY STUART TOWNSEND, SAIORSE RONAN FOR THE HOBBIT | Discuss

51 responses to “APRIL FOOLS! – KEY ROLES FILLED BY STUART TOWNSEND, SAIORSE RONAN FOR THE HOBBIT”

  1. Benm77 says:

    Wow…so the Itaril rumor is true. Interesting.

  2. Benm77 says:

    Wow…so the Itaril rumor is true. Interesting.

  3. Benm77 says:

    Wow…so the Itaril rumor is true. Interesting.

  4. Benm77 says:

    Wow…so the Itaril rumor is true. Interesting.

  5. G from Colorado says:

    Hmmm…

    What is today’s date again?

  6. Afrodiziaque1 says:

    April Fool’s!!!

  7. Afrodiziaque1 says:

    April Fool’s!!!

  8. PR says:

    What is the DATE again?

  9. I really hope it’s an April 1st prank. Nothing against Stuart Townsend, but Itaril is simply unacceptable.

  10. I really hope it’s an April 1st prank. Nothing against Stuart Townsend, but Itaril is simply unacceptable.

  11. Caedus137 says:

    I think Gerard Butler would have been a better choice, but Im sure Stuart Townsend will do a good job.

  12. Fingolfin says:

    Not happy about Itaril or Saiorse Ronan. Stuart Townsend should be good though

  13. Estel47 says:

    If this is an April fools day joke its not really that funny. A bit cruel towards Mr. Townsend dont you think?

  14. Frandalf_Stormcrow says:

    It’s not a rumour, there’s been an official casting call for the role. However, this newsitem has been subject to April the 1st… 😛

  15. Con42scientist says:

    This. Times a billion. I bet it’s an April Fools joke though.

  16. Estel47 says:

    If this is an April fools day joke its not very funny. A bit cruel to Mr. Townsend dont you think?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Is this an April Fool joke?

  18. Rob says:

    …but it’s April 2nd in New Zealand.

  19. Rob says:

    …but it’s April 2nd in New Zealand.

  20. Vivid says:

    I don’t mind Stuart Townsend in this movie. However, every time I open the news about The Hobbit I desperately want to hear that Orlando Bloom is back! As Legolas and Thranduil! 🙂 Please!

  21. Nell says:

    it was unofficial casting call

  22. Daredevil says:

    Surely the whole point of a good April Fool’s story is that it has to have a certain measure of absurdity to it, thus deriving humour from anyone foolish enough to actually believe it.

    This story by contrast seems logically plausible in every way, and in the case of the second actor, is highly likely to be confirmed as certain. Where therefore is the humour in any of it?

    Must try harder next year.

  23. April Fools! New Line Cinema no longer exists. It has been completely absorbed into WB.

    Not very nice to Stuart Townsend as news outlets may pick this up and start asking him questions.

  24. willowgreylock says:

    I had so hoped that Stuart Townsend would play a young Aragorn! Would’ve preferred a tall dark handsome unknown to play Bard. Very unhappy about the Itaril character. I don’t like female warriors, n a love story is not necessary, this is an ADVENTURE!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Just tell us! Is this a joke?

  26. While it is April 1st, the rumor about Itaril has been mentioned before. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. The thing about the character that will really make a difference is how much she’s featured. It’s one thing to make up a character that’s in five scenes and has two lines; it’s something else entirely if they make her a prominent figure. The only thing that would make me think this is an April Fools joke is the fact that, as far as I know, Saiorse Ronan is too short to play an elf.

  27. They totally cast Stuart Townsend so that they can replace him later on XD

  28. Tauriel says:

    THIS. Gerard Butler is my ideal Bard.

  29. Tauriel says:

    THIS. Gerard Butler is my ideal Bard.

  30. Safely Anonymous says:

    Read the very last line in the MGM paragraph….

  31. Safely Anonymous says:

    Read the very last line in the MGM paragraph….

  32. Home School says:

    sturt townsend tried out for aragron once. he should be good!!!!!!!!!!! i’m ready to tear my hair out about the warrior girlfriend though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now SHE’S the one who is gonna be on the cover of the movie and the poster and all that stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!! just cos she’s a girl. can’t there be one movie in the world WITHOUT a fake love story? really ruins the Hobbit for me.

  33. Sigh, I don’t want Itaril. Every post about here makes me see this movie as a dud. I would be the happiest person on earth if she screws up and gets kicked out of production. I swear, all tolkien fans will weep in misery if pj turns this itaril crap into another hollywood “romance” story. Heck, since when was there a female guard mentioned in the Hobbit? Seriously? grrrr

  34. Sigh, I don’t want Itaril. Every post about here makes me see this movie as a dud. I would be the happiest person on earth if she screws up and gets kicked out of production. I swear, all tolkien fans will weep in misery if pj turns this itaril crap into another hollywood “romance” story. Heck, since when was there a female guard mentioned in the Hobbit? Seriously? grrrr

  35. Fwkelly says:

    Bit of a slap in the face for Stuart Townsend! “Haha, you got fired from LOTR, and guess what, you’re not in The Hobbit either, hahaha!” Meanies.

  36. Youknowhowtowhistle says:

    Utterly unfunny

  37. Smeh says:

    This was a pretty cruel joke. I would actually love to see Stuart Townsend in this!

    Bad form onering.net 🙁

  38. GilraenTelemnar says:

    so… she isn’t playing in the hobbit? Please say yes, or else I (and I think many other fans) will have to cry…

  39. GilraenTelemnar says:

    so… she isn’t playing in the hobbit? Please say yes, or else I (and I think many other fans) will have to cry…

  40. Mike Naulls says:

    April Fools? I thought Stuart Townsend finally caught a break in life

  41. Burgess_ben says:

    That was a very tasteless and unfunny ‘joke’.

  42. Burgess_ben says:

    That was a very tasteless and unfunny ‘joke’.

  43. Burgess_ben says:

    That was a very tasteless and unfunny ‘joke’.

  44. Stella says:

    Cruel, pathetic and not even remotely funny.

    Idiots.

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