The Hobbit Cast Adds Seven More – Including Cate Blanchett

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 4:04 am,

The Hobbit is officially on safe ground after being mixed up in MGM’s protracted financial ordeal. The long-awaited project received the official green light back in October and from then on actors have been joining the cast left, right and center.

Today comes news of more actors joining The Hobbit cast, some of whom you’ll be familiar with – from both in and outside of the Lord of the Rings universe – and some you most likely won’t be familiar with it at all.

Warner Bros./New Line Cinema have announced via press release that well known actors Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy (formerly Doctor Who himself), Mikael Persbrandt (Everlasting Moments, Day and Night) and Ken Stott (Rebus) have joined The Hobbit cast. Blanchett will reprise her role from the LOTR trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien; McCoy will play the wizard Radagast the Brown; Persbrandt will play the shape-shifter (or “skin-changer”) Beorn; and Stott will play the role of the dwarf Balin.

In addition to those, three more actors have joined the cast and you may not be familiar with them: Ryan Gage (Outlaw), Jed Brophy (LOTR, District 9) and William Kircher (Out of the Blue). Gage will play Drogo Baggins, the father of Frodo; Brophy will play the dwarf Noli; and finally Kircher will take on the role of the dwarf Bifur, rounding out the Company of Dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield.

To help you keep track, here’s the list of which actors are going to be portraying which of the 13 different dwarves:

  • “Thorin Oakenshield” – Richard Armitage
  • “Lord Balin” – Ken Stott
  • “Nori” – Jed Brophy
  • “Bifur” – William Kircher
  • “Bofur” – James Nesbitt
  • “Ori” – Adam Brown
  • “Kili” – Aidan Turner
  • “Fili” – Rob Kazinsky
  • “Dwalin” – Graham McTavish
  • “Oin” – John Callen
  • “Bombur” – Stephen Hunter
  • “Dori” – Mark Hadlow
  • “Gloin” – Peter Hambleton

It seems that the most important roles in The Hobbit have been cast: Bilbo Baggins (being played by Martin Freeman) and the Company of Dwarves who tag along with the beloved titular Hobbit on his epic, yet intimate, journey. There doesn’t seem to be much reason for complaints regarding who has been cast so far.

One interesting point to be brought up with regards to this latest slate of casting additions is Blanchett returning as Galadriel. The fact that they’re putting her in the film despite her not being part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original novel (in fact with the exception of Lobelia, there are no female characters at all in The Hobbit novel) suggests that they’re going to be diverging from the source material at least somewhat.

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Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Now while that might anger the Tolkien purists out there, sometimes diverging from the source material makes for a better film. Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings trilogy showed that you can make changes to the story or emphasize aspects that were minor in the source material while still paying deep respect to it.

This certainly won’t be the last slate of Hobbit casting additions we’ll hear about – amongst others we’re still waiting on the official announcement of Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis reprising their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively (I would be shocked if they didn’t return). However, seven new cast members is plenty to spark discussion for the time being.

The Hobbit will shoot using 3D RED EPIC digital cameras to help provide the best possible 3D experience. There’s no exact date for the start shooting yet, but we do know it will be some time early next year and that both parts will be shot back-to-back in New Zealand.

Part 1 of The Hobbit is already set to hit theaters on December 19th, 2012, with Part 2 following a year later in December, 2013.

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  1. Wow a year between the two! I would have thought 6 months max, but I guess if you’re going to make a holiday movie out of the first part it’s better to have two consecutive years and just pick the big one, instead of part 2 being a July Th tent pole…

  2. errrrm, what about Hugo Weaving returning as Elrond?! He was confirmed back when del Toro was running the show but that was ages ago. Not having him be there would be sad or worse, having someone ELSE play the role.

  3. YES! Sylvester McCoy is the man.

    • The love child of Sylvester Stallone and Bones McCoy.

      • See, that’s just wrong. :-D

  4. Ok I’m confused now, ever sinc I read the hobbit I could have sworn the beorn, the shapeshifter wasn’t white? If I’m wrong tell me cause now I have to read the book again. Other than that sounds good.

    • Doesnt really matter though does it?

      • Well everyone I know who had read the book said that if he was cast, someone like Samuel L. Jackson or Morgan Freeman or someone should be beorn. But now someone has been casted it really doesnt matter.

  5. Now theyre gonna try to split all book adaptations *sigh*

    • Yeah but, each LOTR could easily have been split into 2 as well, ROTK is 4+ hours on dvd, and there was at least an hours more of footage from each one that never even made the DVD.

  6. I agree a bit about splitting the book up (it’s shorter than any of the other LOTR books and they were kept to one film each) but if they can give a bit more depth to some of the minor aspects, I don’t think it’s a terrible thing. It does have that “evil studio money grab” feel to it though.

    • yes, the lotr were each condensed to 1 movie..but go back to the books and see how much was left out of the movies. Fellowship of the Rings alone jumps over half the book in the first 30-45 minutes of the theatre version. I’m hoping that the splitting of The Hobbit into two movies means that they won’t leave out as much relevent events in the story like they did in the Lotr series.

  7. I only have 2 complaints:

    1) We will have had to have waited 9 years since The Return of the King to see The Hobbit pt 1.

    2) We will have to wait a year after pt. 1 to see pt. 2. Pt. 1 better be darn good enough to hold me over a whole year. Not even the Matrix or the Potter movies waited a year for their split parts.

    • Yeah and that worked out well for the last two of the Matrix trilogy. this last HP film was honestly my least favorite of the whole bunch as well.

      • Anthony.

        Half Blood Prince is my least favourite HP film, but Deathly Hallows is probably my second least favourite.

    • Worked out GREAT for the LOTR Trilogy with the one year gap between films. I have waited 30 years to see these films made so waiting a year doesn’t bother me in the slightest. To me it’s the greatest bonus as a huge fan of Tolkien’s works to see the White Council and some of the material from the Silmarillion make it to the big screen..

      • Couldn’t agree more GK333 :)

      • Agreed. Said material is what I’m looking forward to most!

        Bane

  8. Awesome news!!! They should make Gandalf look younger using CGI if McKellen is officially cast, or cast a younger actor who fits for the role.

    • Gandalf is described by Tolkien himself as one who

      “seemed the least, less tall than the others, and in looks more aged, grey-haired and grey-clad, and leaning on a staff”

      Gandalf had spent 2000 years in Middle Earth so I don’t think they have to worry about making McKellen look younger with CGI.

  9. Hope Andy Serkis will return to play Gollum, he is the only guy fits for the role

    • Good and bad news here. Serkis is in it but he’s playing King Kong.

  10. Why are people commenting on the gap in between? There was a year gap between each LOTR film.

    • They have to have something to piss and moan about DSB :)

      • Well, I’m all for pissy moaning, you know me, but it has to at least be warranted.

  11. Gandalf tells Bilbo near the end of the book that he and the White Council had been busy cleaning out Dol Guildor — the place Sauron holed up before moving back to Mordor. By casting Galadriel and Radagast the Brown, it makes sense that we will be seeing the White Council in action, which will go a long ways to tying this movie with “Lord of the Rings”.

    What I’m waiting to hear is if they’re going to cast a very young Aragorn — at the time of “The Hobbit”, he was a small child living with his mother in Rivendell under the name Estel. We could very easily have a small cameo where Bilbo runs into a small human child that, while cute in general, would be a wonderful nod for the fans.

  12. They’re not diverging from the source material. They’re integrating in the background history and unfinished tales that Tolkien intended to rewrite into the story to align it further with The Lord of the Rings after it was released. In that way, they’re giving us the version of The Hobbit that tonally aligns itself with the trilogy – the version that Tolkien eventually intended to produce but never finished.

  13. I have not read the Hobbit and have not really kept up on the casting for this so far, but can someone tell me if Hugo Weaving’s character from the other films is in this….(my mind is drawing a blank on his name at the moment)? And is Hugo Weaving going to play him again? :)

    • Hugo Weaving’s character plays a small but vital role in “The Hobbit” and I expect we will see more of him than was originally written.

      In the book, he deciphers the Dwarves’ map that will allow them to take on Smaugh without the mission being a complete suicide mission.

      Elrond, we discover in the appendixes of “Lord of the Rings” and also in “The Sillmarillion” that he is a member of the White Council, a gathering of the most powerful elves and wizards who joined together to combat Sauron (the glowy eyeball from the LotR movies). Elrond, Galadriel, Celeborn, Cirdan, and all the wizards are a part of the Council.

      With the casting of Galadriel and Radagast, we can infer that the White Council will be seen in the movie and, as we are already familiar with Elrond (and Hugo has expressed his desire to be a part of the movie), that he shall play a very prominent role in the movie.

  14. Hogo Weaving was Lord Elrond..

    I wonder if Marton Csokas will return as Lord Celeborn? It would make sense if Blanchett is reprising her role..

    Adding Blanchett is not moving outside of Tolkien’s Universe especially if they are including in the movie Gandalf’s absence for the majority of the Hobbitt. Galadriel along with Gandalf, Saruman, Lord Elrond, Cirdan the SHipwright of the Grey Havens, Glorfindel the elf-lord,

    • I hate it when I submit before I finish..

      I wonder if Marton Csokas will return as Lord Celeborn? It would make sense if Blanchett is reprising her role..

      Adding Blanchett is not moving outside of Tolkien’s Universe especially if they are including in the movie Gandalf’s absence for the majority of the Hobbitt. He was attending the gathering of the White COuncil which met many times in Tolkien’s accounts they met for in T.A. 2941 and they battle the Necromancer( who is later found to be Sauron by Gandalf) who is the ruler of Dol Guldur(Sauron’s castle in Mirkwood). The White Council consisted of Galadriel along with Gandalf, Celeborn,Saruman, Lord Elrond, Cirdan the SHipwright of the Grey Havens(an elf), Glorfindel the elf-lord,Arahad I the Chieftain of the Dúnedain(Aragorns ancestors). During this meeting tensions run high between Gandalf and Saruman because Gandalf surmises that Saruman wants the One Ring for himself.

      Love Tolkien’s Universe..

      • I can’t begin to describe my excitement at the thought of getting to see Sauron’s imposing figure on the big screen!!

        • Tolkien was a true master.

          • Ants, He really was..I could spend years reading his material on Middle Earth .. In fact I could study it like it was a University program I find it that fascinating..

      • I wonder if this means Chris Lee will reprise his role as Saruman? He’s 88 this year Ian is 71! They need to hurry up and get this in the can before someone kicks the bucket…

        • I would be very surprised if Christopher Lee returns after Jackson cut him from the theatrical cut of Return Of The King, he refused to go to the premiere and said he prefered his experience working with George Lucas.

          • Yeah, I could see where that would sour a return performance. Pity, but I guess one or two actor changes isn’t so bad..

  15. Well, I guess this means they definitely will be incorporating The White Council’s attack of Dol Guldur. That will flesh out the story into 2 parts and explain the inclusion of Radaghast and Galadriel.

  16. I heard they’re adding information from the history part of the books (The Silmarillion and the appendices). The history of the Dwarves. I’m very excited if it’s true. I have read all I can get my hands on, and would love to see some of that come to life. I think it would only add more depth and would make a better story. The Hobbit was a childrens story after all.

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