Hugo Weaving to play Elrond again

Monsters and Critics reports that Hugo Weaving will reprise his role as Elrond in the upcoming “Hobbit” movies, joining Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis as cast members from the Peter Jackson “Lord of the Rings” movies who are slated to appear in Guillermo del Toro’s “Hobbit” movies.

Okay, Geeks of Doom covered the story first, but I just like the name “Monsters and Critics”. Geeks of Doom noticed that 8 months’ work has already elapsed on creating the dragon Smaug.

I wish I had more to report but that’s really all I know about the story at this time.

Elrond, of course, is a minor character in the book but I can imagine he has a larger role to play in the movies since some of the background material will be fleshed out. For example, we should expect to see Elrond in any White Council segments since he was supposedly a member of the council (according to Tolkien, who should know). Will Cate Blanchett be asked to reprise her role as Galadriel, I wonder?

Smaug should be more interesting than the Balrog of Moria was in Peter Jackson’s movies because, frankly, the Balrog just sort of came and went (as in the book). Smaug is a more substantial player in the Hobbit tale.

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