In some ways, this is surprising — those who have read J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit probably recall that Galadriel… isn’t in the book. But Peter Jackson’s playing it a little fast and loose, as he did with the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and she’ll be making an appearance in his two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Jackson has already stated that he’ll be including some material from Tolkein’s other works, and possibly even creating some new connections. Frankly, I’m OK with that, because more Cate Blanchett is never, ever a bad thing. What role Galadriel will play in Bilbo’s quest is unknown, but since I’m one of those who adored the Rings trilogy, I’ve got no complaints. Blanchett was marvelous in her limited role in the first three films, and I’ve no reason to believe that she’ll be any less so now.
A few other characters have been cast as well. Up until now, we know that Ian McKellan will return as Gandalf, Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins (the role portrayed by Ian Holm in the first films), Richard Armitage (Season 7 of “Spooks” aka “MI5,” the upcoming Captain America adaptation) will play Thorin Oakenshield, and James Nesbit (“Jekyl,” Bloody Sunday) will play Bofur.
Now we have some new additions, courtesy of Slashfilm:
Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson’s War) - Balin
Sylvester McCoy (“Doctor Who”) - Radagast the Brown
Mikael Persbrandt - Beorn, the skin-changer who can become a bear
Ryan Gage - Drogo Baggins, father of Frodo
Jed Brophy (The Lord of the Rings) - Nori, brother of Ori (Adam Brown) and Dori (Mark Hadrow)
William Kircher - Bifur, Bofur’s cousin
There you go. Lots of dwarves in this one, so expect a great deal more magical CGI shrinking.