We knew director Peter Jackson wanted to get his Lord of the Rings band back together for The Hobbit, but one original star was shocked to learn she actually made it into the prequel series.
Drawing from appendices and related texts from author J.R.R. Tolkien, Jackson has expanded the relatively short tale of The Hobbit into a trilogy, digging deeper into what was going on in Middle-earth at that era. That move opened up his casting options, allowing him to include some of his old Lord of the Rings stars who would've been kicking around at that time—even if they weren't actually in The Hobbit.
Among them? Cate Blanchett, who played the elven character Galadriel. She had a brief but memorable role in Lord of the Rings, and said she was shocked (and excited) to learn she'd be coming back for The Hobbit.
She told Flicks and Bits:
"I had no expectation that there would be anything more after the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought that was sort of the end of the journey - and my time on that trilogy was all too brief. I was there for three or four weeks, even though they shot for such a long time, I was only there for that amount of time. So when I heard that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh (producer/screenwriter) and Philippa Boyens (screenwriter) were going to embark upon The Hobbit, I became a stalker, and I literally called my agent - and I don't really bother my agent that much, but I called her pretty much everyday to say, "Is there any word yet? Is Galadriel going to be in it?" I kept getting the answer that Peter doesn't know yet, because of course Galadriel doesn't appear much in The Hobbit book, so I was hoping against hope. And then when I got word that, in fact, she was going to be in a small section of it I was over the moon. It was a little bit like returning to Summer camp, in that so many of the people that were a part of the first journey are a part of this journey. It's an amazing thing to be able to return to something that begun 12 years ago."It's nice to know that, despite the years in between, Blanchett still has such as passion for the role. But do you think it was a good move to include her in the prequel?
(Via Flicks and Bits)