Blanchett appeared as Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Jackson's really happy to have her back in the land of hobbits, elves, and other fantastical creatures. "Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with," said Jackson in an interview with THR. "I couldn't be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier film."
Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, and William Kircher have also just been cast in The Hobbit.
The Hobbit 1 & 2 are set to begin filming early next year in New Zealand with Martin Freeman in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Part 1 will be released in December 2012 followed by Part 2 in December 2013.
(Photo of Cate Blanchett by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images)
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