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The Hobbit hires Hugo (Weaving, that is)

Posted by Den Shewman on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

And you heard it straight from Gandalf himself.


Sir Ian McKellen is known for so many great things -- his acting skill, his great humor, his great blog that’s about the work not the ego-- and now he adds to that “confirmer that Hugo Weaving is in The Hobbit.” For which we’ll be eternally grateful. 

Sir Ian confirms Weaving’s return to the Lord of the Rings prequel as Lord Elrond in a blog post covering a number of cast members's doings. Sir Ian gives us the artful tidbit that Weaving recently acted onstage in the play “Uncle Vanya” play by Anton Chekov (not this Chekov) in Sydney opposite LOTR’s Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), who also directed. The Lord of Rivendell will next be seen on the big screen in this summer’s Marvel film, Captain America: The First Avenger, playing Cap’s nemesis the Red Skull (whose cosmic sidekick was introduced, albeit temporally displaced, in the post-credits coda of Thor). You might also remember Hugo from a little art film he starred in with some guy name Keanu. (Okay, it wasn't this one, but wouldn't it have been cool if it was?)

The blog also discusses the temporary loss of Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), who returns to the UK to shoot another three episodes of the quite fun BBC show Sherlock Holmes. Freeman plays Dr. Watson to the (phenomenally named and talented) Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. If you haven’t seen it, the first season is on DVD and instant watch through Amazon and you can check out the trailer here

Sir Ian also discusses the return of Bret McKenzie, who played a silent extra in LOTR and developed a loyal following. Oh yes, he’s also partner of Jermaine Clement in HBO’s Flight of the Conchords

Read about all this and more in Sir Ian’s blog post. And check out more of his blog entries, always written with the grace and humor befitting a great wizard.

 

-Sir Ian McKellen
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