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