Buried in an article by Stuff.co.nz about the recent casting of Dean O’Gorman and Lee Pace in The Hobbit, it is confirmed that Hugo Weaving will be returning to Middle Earth once again to play Elrond, Lord of Rivendell.
Spotted by The One Ring, the site states:
“Hugo Weaving will reprise his role as Elrond the elf for the two-part Hobbit movie now being shot in Wellington. The Hobbit spokeswoman Melissa Booth confirmed that Weaving would feature in Jackson’s 3-D prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.”
This means Weaving will be joining fellow returning cast members Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins) and Christopher Lee (Saruman). Orlando Bloom (Legolas) is also expected to return, but it hasn’t been made official yet.
The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.