Cate Blanchett Signs on For The Hobbit, More Official Casting

Apparently Cate Blanchett’s “Lord of the Rings” character Galadriel doesn’t actually appear in J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” book, but that’s not going to stop Peter Jackson from casting her in the two films anyway. Hey, when you can get Cate Blanchett in your movie, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, source material or not.

Besides Blanchett, Jackson also announced new castmembers:

Ken Stott (“Charlie Wilson’s War”) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin; Sylvester McCoy (“Doctor Who”) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown; Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt will play the shape-shifting bear-man Beorn; British actor Ryan Gage will play Drogo Baggins; and New Zealand actors Jed Brophy and William Kircher will play the dwarves Nori and Bifur, respectively.

Missing from the list is Sir Ian McKellan, who has already stated that he will return as Gandalf in “The Hobbit” films.