Cate Blanchett is reprising her part as Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” which starts shooting in February. Among other recent additions to the movie’s cast are: Ken Stott (“Charlie Wilson’s War”) as Drwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (“Dr. Who”) as wizard Radagast the Brown and Swede Mikael Persbrandt as shape-shifter Beorn. Also, Ryan Cage will play Drogo Baggins, Jed Brophy (who played in The Lord of the Rings) will pay the dwarf Nori and William Kircher – the drwarf Bifur.
Jackson expressed his excitement with having Blanchett back on board: “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films.”
The script for the movie was co-written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro and, as it was previously announced, the main character – Bilbo Baggins – will be played by Martin Freeman. And with Blanchett’s returning to her “Lord of the Ring’s” role, works to assure fans that Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis will indeed return as Gandlaf and Gollum respectively – even though this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. The film is being developed by New Line as a co-production of Warner Bros and MGM.