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Hugo Weaving returns as Elrond in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

May. 2, 2011by: George Merchan

Though not exactly revelatory, Stuff.co.nz reveals that the great Hugo Weaving (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE MATRIX) will officially be returning to the fiery franchise from whence he came in Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT as the esteemed Elven lord 'Elrond'.

In Tolkien's original book, Elrond played only a minor role, though it's currently unknown whether his part will be expanded upon or not in Jackson's adaption (though there is the very good chance that the 'Battle of Mirkwood' will be filmed, which takes place off the page in the book and features Elrond more prominently).

Meanwhile, the same Stuff.co.nz report also confirms two new castings: Kiwi actor Dean O'Gorman will star as 'Fili' the dwarf, replacing Rob Kazinsky who left the project last week for personal reasons; and Lee Pace will take on the part of Elven 'King Thrandruil'.

The first part of Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT is currently filming and will be released next year on December 19th.
Extra Tidbit: I know most people like Weaving's role in THE MATRIX films the best, but I personally prefer his performance in V FOR VENDETTA.
Source: Stuff.co.nz

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10:12AM on 05/03/2011

Good

His character is one of my favorites in LOTR so I'm glad, but not surprised that his character is back. As for the tidbit, I completely agree. His performance in V for Vendetta is mesmerizing.
His character is one of my favorites in LOTR so I'm glad, but not surprised that his character is back. As for the tidbit, I completely agree. His performance in V for Vendetta is mesmerizing.
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9:01PM on 05/02/2011
There aren't a lot of actors that will make me want to see a film, even when I know nothing about it, but Hugo Weaving is one of them. He really deserves so much more than supporting roles. Anyone the hasn't seen V for Vendetta (or who hasn't seen it recently), really should check it out. In fact, I'm off to go watch it again.
There aren't a lot of actors that will make me want to see a film, even when I know nothing about it, but Hugo Weaving is one of them. He really deserves so much more than supporting roles. Anyone the hasn't seen V for Vendetta (or who hasn't seen it recently), really should check it out. In fact, I'm off to go watch it again.
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3:11PM on 05/02/2011
That Kazinsky has kind of a nice big dwarf-like face, but yeah, he might have been just too bigheaded.
That Kazinsky has kind of a nice big dwarf-like face, but yeah, he might have been just too bigheaded.
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3:11PM on 05/02/2011
That Kazinsky has kind of a nice big dwarf-like face, but yeah, he might have been just too bigheaded.
That Kazinsky has kind of a nice big dwarf-like face, but yeah, he might have been just too bigheaded.
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2:08PM on 05/02/2011

I'm not surprised but it's great to hear

nonetheless. Weaving made a great Elrond, but his role as Mitzi in Priscilla Queen of the Desert was his finest hour! ;)
nonetheless. Weaving made a great Elrond, but his role as Mitzi in Priscilla Queen of the Desert was his finest hour! ;)
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11:10AM on 05/02/2011
Oh well, the previous Fili seemed a bit out of place. At the press conference he seemed to think it was all about him and hogged the mike without having anything meaningful to say.
Oh well, the previous Fili seemed a bit out of place. At the press conference he seemed to think it was all about him and hogged the mike without having anything meaningful to say.
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12:48PM on 05/02/2011
I'm so glad someone else noticed that.
I'm so glad someone else noticed that.
9:46AM on 05/02/2011
I can't wait for this.
I can't wait for this.
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9:35AM on 05/02/2011
Glad to see him return. He always makes any movie better.
Glad to see him return. He always makes any movie better.
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7:38AM on 05/02/2011

Excellent...

Great news...and glad they finally got Thrandruil cast!
Great news...and glad they finally got Thrandruil cast!
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