First we heard about Sir Sean Connery turning down the role of Gandalf, then there was Nicolas Cage who was up for the role of Aragorn, and now we have Uma Thurman who could have been Eowyn. MTV spoke to Uma Thurman about why she turned down a role in the best trilogy ever made.
“Yeah, I was asked,” Thurman confirmed to MTV News of an offer from Peter Jackson to play Eowyn in the second and third films in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. “I had a small child at the time and I couldn’t go away for a year. I was just too attached to home. It just caught me at the wrong moment.”
“I wish I had done it,” she confessed.
So do we. The role of Eowyn isn’t a substantially large one, of course, but the payoff? Getting to kill The Witch King of Angmar? Belting the line “No living man am I!” C’mon! That’s awesome.
For her part, Thurman couldn’t agree more, admitting that she was a “huge” fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.
“Oh I truly wish I could’ve been able to take that plunge and maybe I should’ve,” she revealed. “But I just couldn’t at the time.”
What are your thoughts? Would she have made a good Eowyn, or are you happy with Miranda Otto’s portrayal?