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Cate Blanchett Returns for The Hobbit

By December 7, 2010

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Cate Blanchett photoPeter Jackson's bringing Cate Blanchett back to reprise the role of Galadriel in The Hobbit says The Hollywood Reporter. Also confirmed to be back among the hairy-footed short people is Sir Ian McKellen who's returning to play Gandalf, according to his official website.

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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