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Cate Blanchett and the Seventh Doctor journey to Middle Earth for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

12.07.2010

If anything LORD OF THE RINGS related gets brought up, I automatically start to feel giddy. After watching the entire extended director's cut of all three films in one night I was sold. GANDALF!

So of course I'm plenty excited for THE HOBBIT. When I heard that Martin Freeman had in fact gotten the part of Bilbo Baggins, I actually jumped because I was overcome with happiness.

News came today from TheOneRing that some familiar faces had been cast in the film. Cate Blanchett will be returning to reprise her role as Galadriel. DOCTOR WHO fans new and old will be happy to hear that the seventh doctor, Sylvester McCoy is playing the wizard Radagast the Brown. How f*cking awesome is that?

Who else got a part? "Ken Stott (“Charlie Wilson’s War”, TV’s “Rebus”) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin 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.

Jackson talked about his casting choices: "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.”

Principal photography begins on February 2011.

Extra Tidbit: Blanchett would have made a great companion for DOCTOR WHO.
Source: TheOneRing

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