With Peter Jackson talking to every media outlet for his new movie The Lovely Bones, it’s no surprise we’re posting Hobbit related news almost every day. In today’s edition, MTV got Jackson to talk about which Lord of the Rings characters might be returning for The Hobbit besides Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
For those not caught up, The Hobbit takes place sixty years before the events of LOTR, so many of the characters weren’t born yet. But for immortal beings like the elves…we might be getting Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett back as Elrond and Galadriel.
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Here’s what Jackson told MTV:
“Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in ‘The Hobbit,’ and we’re having Ian McKellen reprise,” explained the filmmaker, who is executive-producing the flick and writing the screenplay. “There’s a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there’s a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett.”
“They are elves, so once again, in the realm of Middle-earth, they’re immortal, they don’t age,” he said of Galadriel and Elrond, the only returning “LOTR” main roles besides Gandalf in his script. “We have a process that would start with showing them the script. We’re not [beginning] any official process until we have the ‘official’ script that they can read.”
As Jackson has said to every interviewer, The Hobbit is still being put together right now with the second script still not finalized. In the coming months, after the promotions for The Lovely Bones are over, Jackson will be hard at work finishing up his Hobbit related duties and we’re going to start hearing a lot of casting related news. Until then, it’s nice to know at least a few of the LOTR characters might be back for The Hobbit.
Currently The Hobbit part 1 is due to be released in theaters December of 2011, and part 2 in December of 2012. More as we hear it.