Saoirse Ronan Joining The Hobbit?
The news comes courtesy of an interview with veteran casting director Ros Hubbard, who was asked by the Irish Film & Television Network about “the large Irish presence” in the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings. (Irishmen Aidan Turner and James Nesbitt play dwarves Kili and Bofur.)
There’s no word yet what character the 16-year-old Ronan might play in The Hobbit, a novel lacking in female roles. But Film School Rejects finds a couple of possibilities in a casting call that went out a year ago: a woodland elf created for the film named Itaril, a young fighter who secretly falls in love with a young elven lord; and Primula Brandybuck, a lively and observant young hobbit who later becomes Frodo’s mother.
The Hobbit, which stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and a host of others, will be released in December 2012 and December 2013. Although filming was set to begin next month, production has been delayed while Jackson recovers from surgery.