Blanchett, McCoy, Stott Set For “Hobbit”

Seven more names have been locked in for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “The Hobbit” in an official press release today.

As previously reported, former “Doctor Who” star Sylvester McCoy is now officially locked and is indeed playing the wizard Radagast the Brown. Not unexpected but a highly pleasurable confirmation as well today is that Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will reprise her role of Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien which she portrayed in the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Joining them are Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt (“Everlasting Moments”) as the shape-shifter Beorn, veteran British these Ken Stott (“Shallow Grave,” “Rebus”) as the Dwarf Lord Balin.

Two more dwarves have been cast – New Zealanders Jed Brophy (“The Warrior’s Way,” “District 9”) and William Kircher (“Out of the Blue,” “City Life”) will play Nori and Bifur respectively. Finally, Ryan Gage (Outlaw, BBC’s “Hamlet”) will play Bilbo Baggins’ second cousin Drogo.

Jackson will helm the two films back-to-back from a screenplay by himself, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro. Shooting kicks off in New Zealand in February.