‘The Hobbit’ Casts Two More; Hugo Weaving Returning As Elrond

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:14 pm,

Production on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit has (thankfully) proceeded without a significant hiccup, with the sole bit of trouble being related to Rob Kazinksy’s departure from the film. As expected, his role as the dwarf Fili was quickly recast; the two-part adaptation has at last filled another important supporting role as well.

New Zealand actor Dean O’Gorman is now playing one of the thirteen dwarves that accompany Bilbo Baggins on his famous Middle-Earth adventure; in addition, Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) is now officially set to appear as Elven King Thrandull.

Jackson announced the news in his now customary fashion, posting the following on Facebook:

Dean O’Gorman will be playing Fili.  Dean’s a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He’s recently been in an excellent TV series down here called “The Almighty Johnsons”, and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year.  Dean will be joining us next week.

I’m also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil. Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He’s going to be great.  We loved his performance in a movie called “The Fall” a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since.  When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.

That wasn’t all the director had to offers fans; he also posted a photo of Hugo Weaving and himself on the set of The Hobbit, immediately prompting speculation that the former will indeed be reprising his role as Elrond from Lord of the Rings in Jackson’s two-part prequel. Well, it turns out that wasn’t just a tease – The Hobbit spokeswoman Melissa Booth confirmed to Stuff that Weaving is officially returning to play the pointy-eared character.

Check out a (slightly cropped) version of said set pic below:

There have long been rumors that David Tennant would be portraying Thrandull in Jackson’s The Hobbit – and admittedly, the Doctor Who alumnus (in my opinion, of course) has the sort of unique appearance and manner that would make him a fitting choice to portray an elf alongside the likes of Weaving, Orlando Bloom, and Cate Blanchett. All the same, I’m a fan of Pace as well and if Jackson thinks he’s a proper fit to play an elven king, then that’s good enough for me.

As for Weaving: his return as Elrond is quite fitting – and not only because Weaving gave a memorable performance as the long-lived Elvish leader in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The character actually played a brief but pivotal role in Tolkien’s original Hobbit novel, so his reappearance in the two-part film adaptation was a no-brainer, in that regard.

Hugo Weaving may return as Elrond in The Hobbit The Hobbit Casts Two More; Hugo Weaving Returning As Elrond

Despite all the pre-production hurdles that Jackson and company had to jump through, The Hobbit is looking pretty fantastic overall right now. While some of the announcements about cast members from the Lord of the Rings trilogy reappearing in the two-part prequel (despite their not being in Tolkien’s original novel) left a number of fans mildly concerned, there’s good reason to hope that Jackson and his team will integrate them organically into these new films.

The Hobbit: Part 1 arrives in theaters in December 2012. Part 2 arrives a year later in December 2013.

Source: Peter Jackson, Stuff

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  1. Yay! The O.G. Elrond is back baby! Hugo is awesome in all he does.

  2. T H A N K Y O U. The final piece to the original cast puzzle is now in place (that being Weaving’s reprising the role of Elrond)

    I have to admit though I am disappointed that Tennant will not be playing the Elven King of Mirkwood, I really like the guy. It would be great if Jackson could still find some role for him (maybe one of the lesser known seats on the White Council?) but he deserves better than to just play Elf #4.

  3. “despite their not being in Tolkien’s source material”

    This is incorrect Sandy. While they may not be in the Hobbit specifically, they are in Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. In particular The Quest of Erebor which explains exactly how and why characters like Frodo will be in the Hobbit.

    We also know that Jackson himself confirmed that the White Council will be appearing in the movie(s) (This was admittedly back when Del Toro was attached to the project but I can’t imagine that has changed just because Jackson is now in the directors chair) It will most likely be the convening of the 2nd white council to determine what to do about Dol Guldur and the events surrounding Gandalf’s “adventure” there.

    It will all mesh quite nicely into the Hobbit and elevate the 2 part movie to the same epic status as LotR.

    • You are quite right, Mongoose, but I was actually referring to Tolkien’s original “Hobbit” novel only.

      All the same, I changed it up a bit – lest anyone get confused about what I mean. ;-)

    • I’ve been wanting to see parts of the Unfinished Tales on the big screen for a long time. This is going to be epic.

  4. Looking good, looking good.

  5. I glad Weaving will be back but I still hope to see that David Tennatn gets a role in this film.

  6. would love to get tics for this PLEASE PLEASE lol

  7. There you guys go. I knew all along Weaving would be back though! Just wouldn’t be the same without him. :)

    That being said, thank goodness they did get these movies going, it might have just been in time. Weaving looks a bit long in the tooth judging by that picture. If they had waited any longer, they would have needed CGI to have made Weaving look the way he used to as Elrond.

  8. Finally, the cast feels complete. I fully trust Jackson in all his casting choices. He has more than earned my trust and respect. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to see more!

  9. Break a leg “Hobbit” cast, we all anxiously await this marvelous movie…

    • you can say that again!! :)

  10. Will David Tennant be cast in the role of Bard the Bowman??

  11. actually hugo needs hairdye