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UPDATE: Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt cast in ‘The Hobbit’?

December 3, 2010 at 4:23 am by MrCere  - 

Spy Tomper sends in a report that Mikael Persbrandt has been cast for an unknown roll in ‘The Hobbit.’ The link we were sent isn’t in English but our spy reports, “He is one of the best known actors in Sweden today,” and “(he) is known for playing macho characters and a rather stiff way of acting.” So there you go!

(8AM ET) UPDATE: Thanks to Ringer Indil for sending in a translation of the article. Key points…Role is currently not known, however we do know it is ‘nordic.’ The article claims Cate Blanchett is returning (not yet announced) and that Mikael has already taken part in wardrobe testing. His agent has no comment related to the rumor.

Click the ‘Continue Reading’ button for the full translation.

He’s ready – for the Hobbit

Nojesbladet (Swedish entertainment magazine) reveals: Mikael Persbrandt involved in LOTR sequel: He is very excited.

Mikael Persbrandt – as a hobbit.

Nojesbladet reveals that the swedish actor is ready for the Hollywood feature “The Hobbit”. – He is very excited about this, says a source.

A few weeks ago Nojesbladet revealed that Mikael Persbrandt, 47, will be starring as agent Carl Hamilton
in a new film based on Jan Guillous hit books.

Now comes the next revelation: The swedish actor has landed a role in the Hollywood megaproduction “The Hobbit” based on JRR Tolkiens book by the same name. Mikeal Persbrandts part in the blockbuster is unclear, but information points to the character having nordic ties. Persbrandt will be joining Hollywood greats such as actress Cate Blanchett and director Peter Jackson, who also directed “the Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

– He is very excited about this. He is looking forward to doing a Hollywood film, says a source.

Wardrobe testing
According to information gathered Mikael Persbrandt has already tested wardrobe which might be used in
the film. The shooting including Persbrandt will take place over the course of a few weeks in the beginning of next year. The film is planned to be released in December 2012 in the US. Mikael Persbrandts agent, Peter Jansson, is taciturn when approached by Nojesbladet.
– No comment.
– Do you deny this information?
– I have no comment as regarding to it.

“Difficult and challenging”

Nojesbladet’s filmcritic Jens Peterson visited the sets of “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” in New Zealand. He things that Mikael Persbrandt will be met with many challenges.

– I have seen what a hard and demanding filmworld Peter Jackson creates. No Hollywood comforts there, he says.

– To land a role in “The Hobbit” must feel very special. These are films that will go on living for a long time and will most likely keep a very high artistic level. A memorable effort on “The Hobbit” will certainly lead to more roles. This is a unique chance, says Jens Peterson.

Nojesbladet has tried to reach Mikael Persbrandt for a comment, to no avail.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie on December 3, 2010 by Source: NÖJESBLADET UPDATE: Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt cast in ‘The Hobbit’? | Discuss
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24 responses to “UPDATE: Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt cast in ‘The Hobbit’?”

  1. dilajla says:

    Persbrandt is one of the best KNOWN actors in Sweden. Not one of THE best. Absolutly not.

  2. Timdalf says:

    Sounds like he would make a perfect Bard… taciturn and nordic!! 😉

  3. Ann says:

    Persbrandt is a good actor, but often he gets the same macho roles to play over and over again. Anyway, he has gotten great reviews on the stage portraying dramatic roles so he really can act.

  4. MattiPan says:

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Oh the pain! Please let this not be true. Persbrandt in the Hobbit would ruin it, ruin it I say!

  5. Voortrekker says:

    Persbrandt is a very good actor. Those who claim otherwise have probably only seen him in the Beck franchise in which his character is very one dimensional. His performances in various drama films and on stage are among the best you can find in Scandinavia today.

  6. BeornStorm says:

    I actually think he would make a great Thranduil… arrogant, yet having a cold wisdom. Out of the youtube clips I’ve seen of him interrogating people, it would be pretty legit. especially for when he questions the dwarfs.

  7. Maybe he’ll play Beorn? That is what I thought once I saw his picture…

  8. Wingfoot says:

    I think he’d make a great Beorn. He’s got the size (he’s 190 cm tall, IIRC), and given how tetchy he was as Gunwald, he’s got the temper down as well. *g* He’s a bit too solid and burly to play Thranduil.

  9. tigersuit says:

    Sure, Persbrandt is quite good, but he’s only good about 5% of the time. Ever watched Tre Solar for example?
    Plus, i’ve only heard him speak english once, but he was utterly terrible at it. I’ve a hard time seeing how this will be good. But, oh well, his part will be quite small seeing as he is only shooting for a couple of weeks.

  10. Kireiiii says:

    This story may not be true. Especially since its Aftonbladet and no direct source for the story. Aftonbladet is a tabloid so until someone from the studio confirms it. Its not true.

    Persbrandt is a classic shitty actor from Sweden whos only ability is to say “vafan”(“What the hell” in english) multiple times.
    He is also a famous alcoholic who got fired from the royal theater for
    being to fucked up.

  11. Persbrandt is a very good actor. One of Ingmar Bergmans favorites

  12. Bidu says:

    My guess: Thranduil

  13. Mel says:

    I question the source. Bad reporting in any language is questionable. Cate Blanchett is not official and possibly won’t return at all (since her role technically may not even exist in the script), and it isn’t a “sequel”. And where in the text was a role ever described as “Nordic”?

  14. that sounds cool actually

  15. The same source (aftonbladet) now says Beorn…. Could work nicely actually.

  16. Chris says:

    There you go…I TOLD you long time ago that they where casting here in Sweden…

    Cinema Replicas

  17. magiul says:

    It’s confirmed now that Persbrandt will play Beorn. And dont’t you guys listen to all the swedish no-sayers here. Persbrandt is a very competent actor and will suit just fine as Beorn. It’s true that he often is typecasted as a rough, macho kind of guy, but that does not deny the fact that he will be a great Beorn with his low, humming voice.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m swedish and very sceptical about this. But who knows, he might blow us all away.

  19. Thunberg123 says:

    in alot of scenes hes meant to be some russian drug dealer and is acting with bad english… please link me when he really tried, no you’re missleading you loler. Aaand how haaaard isss it too taaaalking proooper enlisshhh?? everyone can if they just give it a minute.

  20. Stella says:

    Couldn´t have said it any better myself =D

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