Here Comes Cate

Saw an announcement today that Cate Blanchett will reprise her LOTR role in ‘The Hobbit,’ and I chuckled. Then I thought maybe my memory wasn’t so good concerning the book. It has been at least a couple of years since I read ‘The Hobbit.’ I think I was 15 and dare not say how many years ago that actually was. Enough to make me unsure of the character list but not enough to forget it was male dominated.

For those who may not know, this casting is probably a treat for Richard Armitage. Cate Blanchett is one of his favorite actresses.

‘The Hobbit’: Cate Blanchett joins the cast as Galadriel
by Josh Rottenberg
Cate Blanchett had better start brushing up on her Elvish. The Australian actress has signed on to the cast of director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit, reprising the role of the ethereal elf Galadriel that she played in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The announcement of Blanchett’s casting comes as something of a surprise, since the character of Galadriel doesn’t actually appear in Tolkien’s novel. Then again, there are virtually no female characters in the book whatsoever, so Jackson is clearly looking to balance out the two-part film somewhat in terms of gender.

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20 Comments

  1. When film directors depart from the narrative of a well-loved and highly familiar novel, it makes me sad. The again, Peter Jackson has a skill far above the ordinary, so it will be interesting to see how this is interpreted.

  2. probably doubtful that the script will bring Galadriel and Thorin together, tho. ?

  3. Maybe I shouldn’t read it after all? Her role might be to fill in back story to link all the movies together? As part of the narrative of telling a story perhaps?

  4. @prue, my thoughts exactly.

    @ servetus, yep, probably very doubtful about Thorin and Galadriel having any screen time together.

    @iz, Could be. I think I would still read it if I were you.

  5. @servetus – given the on screen height difference, if Thorin and Galadriel do interact, it would hardly be on equal terms I wonder if he will go all fanboy when he meets her Lol!

  6. The band of dwarfs (plus Bilbo & Gandalf) pass through Rivendell on their way to the Lonely Mountain. Elrond is mentioned by name and has a few lines; the rest is summarised as:
    ” They stayed long in that good house, fourteen days at least, and they found it hard to leave. Bilbo would gladly have stopped there for ever and ever—even supposing a wish would have taken him right back to his hobbit-hole without trouble. Yet there is little to tell about their stay.”
    Presumably Jackson/Walsh/Boyens have fleshed out a scene or two of unspecified hospitality to portray the 2 week period, in which case Galadriel could be expected to appear onscreen with Thorin. Bilbo also spends a week in Rivendell on his return, but of course Thorin isn’t there.

  7. Splendid! This would be my dream screen couple, two exceptional actors in one film! Even though it’s unlikely they will have actual scenes together, it will be a treat.

  8. They needed to bring in a female character…All the Lord of the Rings films had a nice balance of male and female characters. Maybe Peter Jackson wants to make sure that The Hobbit doesn’t turn into a boy’s only film…:) Nice Santa Hat on Gizzy! :)

  9. Considering PJ’s record, I’m sure he knows that having a female is for the best.

    Santa hat courtesy of bccmee. :D

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  12. Can’t see any Santa hat (I’m on mobile version)

    Maybe she will do a voiceover?

  13. You mean RA gets to work with another Maid Marian?

  14. It looks like it…Cate Blanchett will be the main female lead…I don’t know how much interaction she will have with RA though..I am sure there will be some.

  15. I think they have written “The Second White Council” into the script. This took place at the same time as Bilbo and the dwarves are heading to the Lonely Mountain. Good explanation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Council

    Unfortunately … no meeting between Thorin and Galadriel but maybe they can meet in RL and Cate can convince RA to do a play with her Sydney Theatre Company :) . Dream on …. :)

  16. Um, okay, so I’ve never read any of the LOTR books *embarassed* and don’t plan to, even worse! I know! But i have seriously been wondering about female characters as the only thing I kept hearing about was all these boys (um, I guess I should say men) being cast! I was getting annoyed thinking “where the heck are all the girls?!! There’s got to be some in the book!”

    Just goes to show I don’t know what I’m talking about, LOL! Glad to see that Ms. B has signed on, I think she is really in a league of her own when it comes to today’s actresses. Hopefully she won’t be the only lady in the movie, I realize that may require some creative thinking on PJ’s part if there aren’t any female roles in the book, but as a 21st century woman I’m seriously hoping he can come up with something, That may be heresy in the LOTR fandom, to step outside of the novel, but I can’t help it. If “outside the box” or “novel” thinking is required to incorporate male-female balance, as a movie goer I’m all for it :)

  17. I think it’s a good thing if there are more female characters added as long as it is done in a way that doesn’t make the movie goofy or hokey…The female characters in the first LOTR films did not detract from the male characters or the story…I don’t think Peter Jackson will create a female character that will make us go..”What?” He has to add more females otherwise it will be a boys or men’s only film…

  18. @violet,

    No, we can’t have goofy or hokey. :D

    But I agree Peter Jackson will handle it appropriately.

    Twinkling Moon,

    I have a confession too. I did not care for The Hobbit. But then it’s been oh, maybe a couple of years since I read it. ;-) If I go see the movie, it will be for one reason. LOL!

  19. @Violet, yep, definitely no hokey or goofy! If it becomes so, people will blame the female characters, or worst, the female actresses! But I do so hope this does not become a “boys club” type of film….

    @RAFrenzy, At least you have an informed opinion about the book, LOL! I haven’t even read it, hee! hee! Don’t plan to and don’t feel bad about that either…as for why I’m going to see the film, well, I’ll tell everyone it’s because I saw the LOTR trilogy so I must see the prequel, (sort of true) but you all know the real reason *wink*

  20. I can’t wait for the previews for the movie…Then, we will get a glimpse of what it may be like…


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