Cate Blanchett & Ken Stott Join 'The Hobbit,' Sylvester McCoy & Mikael Persbrandt Confirmed

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 7, 2010 9:05 AM
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More players have joined the growing cast of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" with two recent names confirmed, one new name we haven't heard had and one famous, familiar face returning.

New Line/Warner have announced that Cate Blanchett will be returning as expected, reprising her role as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien, while veteran Scottish actor Ken Stott will play Dwarf Lord Balin. Sylvester McCoy, rumored since the summer to be joining the film, and who recently confirmed his casting, will be playing Radagast The Brown as fans have long suspected. Additionally, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, whose casting was first revealed by press in his native land, comes aboard as the shape-shifter Beorn (another character accurately guessed by Hobbitheads). Rounding things out are Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher who come aboard playing Drogo Baggins, Nori and Bifur respectively.

The quartet join the massive cast that now includes Richard Armitage (”Spooks,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon; Aidan Turner (”Being Human”) and Rob Kazinsky (”EastEnders”) as Kili and Fili, members of the Company of Dwarves; Graham McTavish (”Secretariat”) as Dwalin; John Callen (”Power Rangers Jungle Fury”) as Oin; Stephen Hunter (”All Saints”) as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (”King Kong”) as Dori; Peter Hambleton (”The Strip”) as Gloin and James Nesbitt and Adam Brown as as dwarves Bofur and Ori respectively. Ian McKellen recently confirmed he's returning but there's no official word on that just yet.

The film will be shot in 3D using the slow-loading and buggy (just joking guys!) Epic RED cameras, and the Shire will again be scored by Howard Shore. Peter Jackson directs, shooting starts in February and the first film hits in December 2012.

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6 Comments

  • Captain Celluloid | December 7, 2010 11:00 AMReply

    It appears that ANDREW LESNIE is also returning as cinematographer
    despite IMDB listing Guillermo Navarro.

    Several cinematographer websites and the RedUser website
    have discussed Lesnie testing the EPIC cameras for THE HOBBITT

    Navarro is a great shooter but Lesnie is, after the LOTR's and KONG, already totally immersed in
    Peter Jackson's world and that would be a good thing . . . .
    and loyalty is also a good thing.

    I would guess that RED will be sending a fleet of designers and technicians with the EPICs [ like they did with the first RED ONES on CHE ]
    to make sure they perform well.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | December 7, 2010 10:35 AMReply

    She also appears in the Unfinished Tales which Jackson is obviously using in his adaptation of the films.

    Also, whatever.

  • BradZuhl | December 7, 2010 10:34 AMReply

    Don't get your pointy elf ears in a twist. For all you know she may appear for 10 seconds at the end of the second film!

  • Edward Davis | December 7, 2010 10:25 AMReply

    You're right Jonathan. People are about to FREAK OUT.

    If Peter Jackson puts Galadriel in the Hobbit even though SHE WASN'T IN THE BOOKS (Faint) THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON.

  • jonathan | December 7, 2010 9:42 AMReply

    Peter Jackson is about to piss a lot of people off by writing this whole bit to "connect" the Hobbit to TLOR. Galadriel is not in the Hobbit. There's no reason to have her in this movie. I knew it was coming, but I'm still not prepared for the anger it's going to evoke.

  • Hoy | December 7, 2010 9:35 AMReply

    Jed Brophy has been in almost every Peter Jackson film, including Lord of the Rings (as an Orc) and District 9. He's like the Bruce Campbell or Ted Raimi to Sam Raimi's films. In many ways, this is really cool that he's getting a major role now.

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