Cate Blanchett Reprises Middle-Earth Role

Cate_Blanchett_GaladrielAcademy Award winner Cate Blanchett will return to her role as the elf leader Galadriel in the highly anticipated The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Director Peter Jackson said that he has secured the actress to portray again the role.

“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,” he said in a statement.

The news came as a surprise since the character does not actually appear in the book version.

Also announced for other roles are: Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson’s War) as Dwarf Lord Balin; Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who) as the wizard Radagast the Brown; Mikael Persbrandt, an actor from Sweden as Beorn; British actor Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins; and New Zealand actors Jed Brophy and William Kircher as dwarves Nori and Bifur.

Still not officially announced is Ian McKellan who previously played the role of Gandalf. The actor has said in his website that he is set to reprise the role. Martin Freeman will play the lead role Bilbo Baggins.