So far most of the casting for The Hobbit has involved new faces who will be making their Middle Earth debut, however as well as Ian McKellen as Gandalf Peter Jackson will be bringing back another familiar face from the trilogy, Cate Blanchett.
The One Ring were today sent a press release from Warner Bros. confirmed that Blanchett will reprise her role of Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien (although the character doesn’t appear in the book).
On Blanchett’s return Peter Jackson said:
“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”
In other casting news Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson’s War) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (“Doctor Who”) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown and well-known Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt (Everlasting Moments) will play the shape-shifter Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage (Outlaw) will play Drogo Baggins, with New Zealand actors Jed Brophy (District 9) playing the role of the dwarf Nori, and William Kircher (Legend of the Seeker) rounding out the company of Thorin Oakensheild in role of the dwarf Bifur.
Filming will begin in February in New Zealand, with Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins.