Christopher Lee Will Return for ‘The Hobbit,’ plus More David Tennant Rumors

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2014 at 8:55 am,

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Hot on the heels of the news that Elijah WoodAndy Serkis, and Ian McKellen will reunite with director Peter Jackson for The Hobbit, we have some more casting information from Middle Earth.

According to Sir Christopher Lee’s official website, the 88-year-old actor will appear in The Hobbit to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman, as long as “he is in good health.” We haven’t heard that Lee is experiencing any particular health issues (and we certainly hope that continues to be the case) so this sounds like strong confirmation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read The Hobbit, but I don’t recall Saruman being featured in the book. Nevertheless, when you have a thespian like Lee onboard, your movie is going to be markedly improved, so I’m all for it. After all, Jackson and company changed around many of the plot details for each Lord of the Rings film, and they are modern classics.

In addition to Christopher Lee’s likely return, there are also fresh rumors that former Doctor Who star David Tennant will join the cast of The Hobbit. In the past, Tennant was rumored to be up for a number of parts in The Hobbit, including the main role of Bilbo Baggins back in 2009, before Martin Freeman was cast in the film.

Now, according to an unsubstantiated rumor at MovieWeb, Tennant has allegedly joined the cast of The Hobbit as the Elf King Thranduil. Thranduil, for those not up on their Tolkien mythology, is also the father of Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings). MovieWeb doesn’t say where it got the information about Tennant’s involvement in the film, but if Thranduil were in the film, it would make sense since Bloom was confirmed to be reprising his role as Legolas in December.

As The Hobbit continues to take shape, the project is beginning to sound more and more epic. I may just have to watch Lord of the Rings back-to-back-to-back to stave off my excitement.

The Hobbit: Part 1 hits theaters on December 19th, 2012. Part 2 comes out in December 2013.

Source: MovieWeb and Christopher Lee’s Website (via The One Ring)

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  1. I want Tennant for a role, but I don’t believe ANYTHING IMDB says. You might as well use Wikipedia as a source.

    • Same here. I’m happy with all the returning cast, but I won’t be completely happy until I hear Weaving is returning.

    • Sorry, I hit the wrong ‘Reply’ button. I meant my comment for the guy below you, lol.

  2. enough rumors i want a hugo weaving announcement hes the only lotr character thats actually in the book left

  3. sweeet

  4. Christopher Lee, fantastic!

    QUOTE: “In the past, Tennant was rumored to be up for a number of parts in The Hobbit, including the main role of Bilbo Baggins back in 2009 [..]”

    Tennant is tall (1.85m/6’1″) and very skinny. I doubt he was ever considered for playing Bilbo. Just a silly fan rumor…

    But I’m hoping the Thranduil rumor is true because Tennant is a terrific actor and he has a bit of an odd look which might be great for an Elf.

  5. I think they ARE going to include stuff from the apedicies into this film, if Saruman is going to be in it, i expect to hear Viggo Mortensen’s will be reprising his role shortly.

    • He might as well just make direct sequels to the LOTR movies at this point.

      • That’s exactly my point. It seems to me that he isnt interested in making The Hobbit at all, just a new LOTR with the same people.

  6. ya the lord of the rings movies ive seen honestly about 20 times and thats the full trilogy 20 times. It just dosent get old its just so well made and the story and scenery is just epic to say the least. I can wait for these 2 movies.

  7. Amazing to me how some people can still work at nearly 90 years old, that always gets my respect.

    • Lee is an absolute legend, he is an actor that will literally never be forgotten, the sheer volume of his work will forever speak for itself.

  8. David Tennant would make an excellent elf king. He has the right body-type and has enough ability to play a quirky, mysterious, and strange character like Thranduil (the elf king). This would be an awesome choice!

    Goooooo David Tenant!

  9. Both additions are great news in and of themselves. I’m Glad Christopher Lee managed to bury the hatchet so to speak (he’s also doing damn good for being 88, that makes McKellan sound young!) and I think Tennant is a wonderful actor (was sad when he stopped being ‘The Doctor’)

    Of course Lee and all the other non-Hobbit cast pretty much clinches the fact that Jackson is going for a ‘larger picture’. He is obviously attempting to incorporate the White Council (cast pretty much reads like a whos who of members) and the goings on with Dol Guldur instead of focusing specifically on the Hobbit’s content.

    I do admit it does make a certain amount of sense considering that Dol Guldur was intertwined with how the map to the Lonely Mountain was recovered and given to Oakenshield to start the Dwarves off on their journey but do we REALLY need all the back story?

    At least the Elf King Thranduil IS in the Hobbit. :)

    and still we are missing pretty much the last piece to both the Hobbit and White Council puzzle…….no Elrond as of yet.

  10. Tennant as Thranduil!!!!!!!!!! He is too young!!!!!!!!

    I’d like to see him play another character though.

    Bruce Payne would be my choice for Thranduil.

  11. Frankly he’s too weak seeming to be Thranduil and way too young. I mean elves are timeless but come on Thranduil is older than Elrond. He’s cocky and greedy, not the feeling i’ve gotten from Tennant

  12. Bruce Payne would be awesome as Thranduil!!!

    Good suggestion Tony :-)