The Return of the King

Release Date: Other December 2003

Peter Jackson directs this live action adaptation of the final volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, detailing the War of the Ring, and the final attempt to destroy 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. This one will be the sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, and The Two Towers. (New Line)

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Winston (anonymous)Casting Update
03/18/99 08:35 PMDirector Peter Jackson intends for the cast to be unknowns, 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 actors have signed.

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