Cate Blanchett will reprise her role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. This may come as a surprise to devoted fans of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and the prequel The Hobbit because the character does not make an appearance in the book. In fact, according to Entertainment Weekly, the book doesn't have many female characters at all.
This announcement also joins other casting choices: Ken Stott will play Lord Balin, a dwarf lord and Sylvester McCoy of Doctor Who fame have also joined the cast. A number of other actors have also joined: Mikael Persbrandt will play a shape-shifting man and Ryan Gage will play a relative of Bilbo Baggins named Drogo.
Sir Ian McKellan has insisted on the reprisal of his role as Gandalf the wizard but has yet to be officially announced. Considering his role landed him an Oscar nomination in 2002, it would be smart to bring him back -- if not only for the appreciation of the role from fans.
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