According to Deadline, Cate Blanchett is reprising her role as Galadriel in at least one of the two Hobbit films. It has been reported that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and even Guillermo del Toro (before quitting the director’s chair) would be making necessary changes to the story in order to include a couple of established characters from the original film trilogy.
Jackson said: “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.”
After New Line Cinema announced Cate Blanchett’s return to Middle Earth rumours have spread that
Orlando Bloom will likely be the next original cast member set for an encore. According to another report from Deadline, he’s near a deal to return as Elven archer Legolas in what might be more than a cameo. But wait there is more. Martin Freeman is also expected to return as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis is expected to bring back Gollum.
Peter Jackson has already confirmed Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson’s War) to play Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who) to play the wizard Radagast the Brown, and Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt (Day and Night) to play shape-shifter Beorn.
Ryan Gage (Outlaw) was also cast as Drogo Baggins and Jed Brophy (who appeared in the original The Lord of the Rings) will play the dwarf Nori.
More to come…