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Casting Director Confirms Saoirse Ronan is Also Cast in 'The Hobbit'

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January 27, 2011
Source: IFTN

Saoirse Ronan

Over the last few months, we've started to finally see casting come together on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, his epic two-part adaptation of the seminal J.R.R. Tolkien classic. Another name to add to the growing list is Saoirse Ronan, the 16-year-old actress who starred in Jackson's The Lovely Bones, as well as Atonement, City of Ember, The Way Back and the upcoming Hanna. The news comes from IFTN (via ComingSoon) as they interviewed casting director Ros Hubbard, who worked on the LOTR and The Hobbit, and revealed that Ronan is joining. "Saoirse's family will go too, everyone is very close and very loving on those sorts of jobs."

It's not official confirmation, but Hubbard doesn't miss a beat when Saoirse Ronan's name is mentioned and even talks about how "it's not like typical studio movies at all" and she's moving down to New Zealand with her family for the filming. That sounds like confirmation to me. IMDb has listed Ronan as "rumored" for the role of Itaril, a woodland Elf from the Silvan Elves. I can definitely see that, she already has a very ethereal look of an Elf, so this would be an easy fit. In related news, Deadline reports that the start of filming on The Hobbit will be delayed because of surgery Peter Jackson had, but it's not going to cause a delay in the 2012 or 2013 releases, so it's not much to worry about. We'll continue to keep you updated on The Hobbit news!

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  • Blair
    Yes! She should definitely play an ELF.
  • Anonymous
    Ronan is a great actress, she was excellent in The Way Back and Atonement, I see as one of the Elves when Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves stay with them or the ones that capture them. Alex have you seen The Way Back?
  • Anonymous
    Ronan will do great in The Hobbit, she was excellent in The Way Back and Atonement, she'll probably play an Elf, but which group? Rivendell Elves or the Elves that capture the Dwarves?
  • I haven't... I really want to see it, I think it looks great, heard some good things, too. But no, haven't seen it yet. You?
    • Anonymous
      saw it last Saturday and really enjoyed it, one of Weirs best films so far, and Farrell was great and his Russian was pretty damn good. Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess worked well off one another, Ronan really held her own against Farrell, Harris, and Sturgess. There were three other cast members their names escape me, but their characters were a funny Accountant, a Religious man, and an Artist and they were all great. Every Weir fan needs to go see The Way Back.
  • Mony
    Interesting news. I can see her as the elf as well.
  • ChrisC5g
    she diffinately looks Middle Earthy lol
  • I'm really glad she's getting more high-profile work. I've been impressed by her in everything I've seen her in!
  • Love love love her as an actor.
  • bltzie
    I was hoping/expecting for this to happen! She's a perfect fit for an Elf. :)
  • Hattori Hanzo
    From a box office point of view, I definetely can see the need to create a new female character for The Hobbit movies since the book is so male dominated. Looks like Jackson may be inserting a romantic thread into the movie the way he did with Aragorn and Arwen in the LOTR's movies to attract the females who haven't read the book. But God almighty, please don't involve Bilbo!
  • Link1983
    Yeah, um, really have nothing to say than this, I met Sir Ian Mckellen last week. He came to my university to speak about a campaign against homophobic bullying. I asked him about the hobbit and the challenges of filming in 3D. He was extremely confident, a true professional.
  • I'm really looking forward to watching this movie. She might be really great actually.

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