The Fellowship of the Ring

Release Date: December 19, 2001

Peter Jackson directs this live action adaptation of the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, telling of the formation and ultimate dissolution of the Fellowship of the Ring. Casting for the Fellowship has almost been completed: Elijah Wood will star as the hobbit Frodo Baggins, and Sean Astin will portray his steadfast friend, Sam. The other hobbits, Pippin and Merry, will be portrayed by Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, respectively. Ian Holm has been cast as the elderly hobbit, Bilbo, Christopher Lee will play the evil wizard Saruman, and Liv Tyler has signed to play Arwen. Other cast members include Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Jonathan Rhys-Davies (Gimli the dwarf), Orlando Bloom (Legolas the elf), Sean Bean (Boromir), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Kevin Conway (Theoden), Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) and Andy Serkis (voice of Gollum). The rest of the cast is likely to be populated with a mix of known and relatively unknown actors. Current rumors for other characters have Uma Thurman as Galadriel, and Ethan Hawke as Faramir. The hobbits and dwarves will be created using computer-manipulated humans. There will be three separate films shot, all over the course of one year. Will be followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. (New Line)

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Winston (anonymous)Casting Update
03/18/99 08:30 PMDirector Peter Jackson intends for the cast to be unknowns, and possibly the entire cast. Rumors that Warwick Davies, Charleton Heston, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet and Sean Connery would be in the cast are just that. Rumors. No big name stars have signed.

Winston (anonymous)Casting Update
05/16/99 03:09 PMTimothy Spall has been cast as Gimili. Christopher Lee may have been cast as Gandolf. Warwick Davis has not been cast in any role. Rumors state that the majority of the characters will be CGI creations. Elijah Wood, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston and Sam Niell are still rumored for parts. Sean Connery is still very interested in a part, and may have been already casted. Keanu Reeves has also expressed interest.

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