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December 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm by xoanon  - 

From L to R: Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, William Kircher, Jed Brophy & Ryan Gage


Los Angeles, CA—December 7, 2010—Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt and have joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “The Hobbit.” Also joining them are Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher. The films, which are scheduled to commence principal photography in February 2011, mark Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following his Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The announcement was made jointly today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Jackson, who directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of “The Hobbit” in two parts from a screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

Cate Blanchett (“Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will reprise her role from “Lord of The Rings” trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien. Ken Stott (“Charlie Wilson’s War”, TV’s “Rebus”) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (TV’s “Doctor Who”) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown and well-known Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt (“Everlasting Moments”, “Day and Night”) will play the shape-shifter Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage (“Outlaw”, TV’s “Doctors”) will play Drogo Baggins, with New Zealand actors Jed Brophy (“Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “District 9”) playing the role of the dwarf Nori, and William Kircher (“Out of the Blue”; TV’s “Legend of the Seeker”) rounding out the company of Thorin Oakensheild in role of the dwarf Bifur.

Peter Jackson welcomed the news of Cate Blanchett’s return to Middle-earth “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films” On the casting of Scottish actor Ken Stott, Jackson commented “Fran and I have long been fans of Ken’s work and are excited he will be joining us on this journey.” Jackson also welcomed the addition to the cast of Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt “The role of Beorn is an iconic one and Mikael was our first choice for the part. Since seeing him read for the role we can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.”

The actors join the previously announced cast including Martin Freeman (TV’s “Sherlock,” “Breaking and Entering”) as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage (upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger”), Aidan Turner (TV’s “Being Human”), Rob Kazinsky (TVs “EastEnders”), Graham McTavish (“Secretariat”), John Callen (TV’s “Power Rangers Jungle Fury”), Stephen Hunter (TV’s “All Saints”), Mark Hadlow (“King Kong”) and Peter Hambleton (TV’s “The Strip”). Additional cast announcements include James Nesbitt (“Millions” and TV’s “Cold Feet”) and newcomer Adam Brown.

“The Hobbit” films received a green light on October 15, and have release dates targeted for December, 2012 and December, 2013. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable storytelling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both “Hobbit” movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience.

The two films are being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally.

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner as executive producers. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office.. In 2003, “The Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.

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.

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.

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

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  1. I am *so* relieved that Cate Blanchett is coming back! She was so… ethereal, just perfect 😀

  2. Byrsdebbie says:

    Wonderful, but wheres Gandolf!!!!! If Ian McKellen doesn’t do it it will ruin everything!

  3. Anonymous says:

    They’re saving the announcement of the big names most likely for later. There’s no way they’ll make the movies without Sir Ian, or Andy Serkis, for that matter.

    I’m guessing the next casting announcement will include Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm as a narration part, the voice of Smaug, and other voiced parts, as well as cameo roles, like Christopher Lee or Orlando Bloom.

  4. Aaron Oakes says:

    Yeah for sure, need Gandalf to round out the cast!

  5. Don P. Nagai says:

    What about Hugo Weaving and Ian McKellan?

  6. Don P. Nagai says:

    We’re still missing someone “formidable” for Thranduil and official word on the only actors that should play Elrond and Gandalf.

  7. kman says:

    What about Brian Blessed as Balin?????? He would have been the best of anyone!!!!!

    There is still time, give him the role of King Dain of the Ironhills!!!

    All the other casting seem pretty awesome, though! Cant wait to see what everyone brings to the table.

  8. Aizanthor says:

    This is fantastic but come on Ian, Andy and Hugo!!!!!!

  9. Brad says:

    Highly interested in seeing Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn, Ian McKellen IS reprising his role as Gandalf, its just the matter of putting it down in paper.

  10. frazzle says:

    I’m glad Jed is back, I have been wondering what part he would play!

  11. kman says:

    What about Brian Blessed as Balin??????? NOOOOO!!!!!!

    Ok then, I’ll settle for Blessed to play King Dain! Nobody can play a kingly dwarf better than Brian Blessed……Nobody. It would be a waste of such talent if he didn’t get a dwarf role!

    All the others are great though! Glad to see Blanchett is back!!!

  12. What about Brian Blessed as Balin?????? NOOOOO!!!!

    Ok, I’ll settle for him to play King Dain. Nobody could play a kingly dwarf better than Brian Blessed…..nobody. The guy was born to play a dwarf and it would be a waste of his incredible talent if he wasn’t given a dwarf role to play!

    All the other roles are great though! Great to Blanchett back!!! Also, looking forward to seeing sylvester’s take on Radagast!!!

    Cant wait!

  13. Miskolcer says:

    The cast is almost complete, only Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen does not in. (Bard? Thranduil?)

    But Gandalf (Ian) will do it!! If he won’t Jackson will offer him a little bigger money and he’ll say Yes!

  14. Fhroog says:

    Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn? Unexpected but extremly interesting!

    Congratulations from David, Sweden!

  15. I’m ready to see Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis (amongst others) confirmed but yay! Happy about this news!

  16. Will Craig Parker rejoin the cast as Haldir???? We need some elven magic

  17. Rehan_Chowdhury says:

    True, and he doesn’t even have to wear the beard as he’s growing one already.

  18. Rjvavili says:

    They will soon announce Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen as cast members.

  19. Thorin PlasticShield says:

    What I want to know is who’s going to be Smaug and if Peter is gonna pull a Silmarillion on us by showing Illuvatar making the world.

  20. Eriks_son_7 says:

    Peter can’t use any material from Silmarillion, New Line Cinema do not have the rights to it as mentioned in previous articles.

    The next movie project after this should be:
    The Fall Of Gondolin

    I can really picture how awesome that movie could be, With Peter behind the weels of course.

  21. CJC says:

    Slightly left field but how about Blessed as the motion capture/CGI template for all three trolls in the same way Serkiss does Golum (and King Kong)? And of course that great voice!

  22. lunch clubber says:

    Heard Ken Stott was told he was getting big fee for the role as Lord Balin, but when he saw his contract it said big feet! He’ll be brilliant though. Brilliant all round cast so far!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Yes indeed Brian the Blessed as King Dain – just need to get Hugo to reprise Elrond and Bard , Thranduil etc

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