After much back-and-forth, Saorise Ronan has finally confirmed that she will NOT play the woodland elf Itaril in the upcoming "The Hobbit" films says The Belfast Telegraph.
Ronan says "It's probably not going to work out with 'The Hobbit' unfortunately. Because I would have been working for about a year on it and there were other projects that I was very interested in, but Pete and [his producer wife] Fran have been very good about it and very understanding."
She adds that she'll likely swing by the set however - "I'll have to just go back down to New Zealand for a holiday and hang out with the hobbits." Who they will cast instead, or whether the role will be eliminated altogether, has yet to be determined.