Peter Jackson and his team have managed to find ways of including Frodo and Legolas into The Hobbit movies, despite the fact the characters didn’t appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book. So what about Aragorn?
In a recent interview to promote A Dangerous Method Viggo Mortensen said he was at one point asked to wield his sword again when there were plans for a “bridge movie” set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but as that plan was scrapped he won’t be appearing in either film.
Has Peter Jackson asked you to return to Middle Earth in the Hobbit movie in any capacity?
Mortensen: At one point, the producers asked if I would do it and I said sure if Aragorn is supposed to be in the bridge story because he’s not in The Hobbit. I would rather do it than see someone else do it, but I’ve never been asked and they’re shooting the movie. I’m not in it unless it there is some last-minute plan they have, but I thought I would have heard of it by now. Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett shot something, but they’re elves and don’t change as rapidly. As you know, Aragorn is half elf and also lives a couple hundred years or more and he could be in a bridge, but I have to assume it isn’t going to happen. That was an important period in my life and I will always be grateful that the trilogy was so successful and gave me a lot of new opportunities. I never would have gotten A History of Violence, no matter how much David wanted me, had it not been for my newfound notoriety.
The “bridge film” would have been based on appendix material written by J.R.R. Tolkien, but Guillermo del Toro decided against making it when he was on-board as director as he believed the narrative and characters from The Hobbit alone are rich enough to fit into two films. It would have been great to see characters like Aragorn again, but focusing solely on The Hobbit and expanding it in places will probably work out for the best.