We’ve heard from Ian McKellen, he’s on board. Elijah Wood said he would return if needed, as did Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis. Among the rest of that cast we haven’t heard from is Liv Tyler, who played elf Arwen in the Lord of the Rings. Would she return to play her character in the upcoming Hobbit films? IGN spoke to her while she was promoting The Strangers.
“Somebody just said to me, ‘Has your agent called Peter Jackson yet?'” laughs the actress. “And I was like, ‘Whoa. What are you talking about?’ [The reporter] was so aggressive. It’s so funny the way people think and see [these things]. Someone just told me now that [director] Guillermo del Toro was doing it and that they’re going to split it into two films, which will be The Hobbit plus some sort of a bridge to The Lord of the Rings. As far as I know, Arwen and Aragorn are not in The Hobbit, or definitely aren’t in it. But I don’t know yet.”
While Tyler points out that Arwen does not show up in the book version of The Hobbit, the so-called bridge film could be another matter altogether.
“It’s very interesting and I guess I should try to find out,” she says. “I’m curious because there were all those other books like The Silmarillion. And the appendix, that’s where they got the whole idea for my part, just from the appendix. There’s so much other amazing stuff.”
She says she is definitely onboard for a return appearance if del Toro and producer Peter Jackson invite her.
“Oh, are you kidding?” she says when asked. “In a heartbeat! I’ll buy my own ticket and be on the plane in a second. I mean, that was a magical experience and it was just a once in a lifetime, amazing [thing]. Because it was so like… we knew and we didn’t know that it was sort of something that had never been done before, and there was this feeling that was really gung-ho. Like, ‘O.K., let’s go off together!’ And we just rolled our sleeves up. It really was this amazing, crazy, special thing.”