Actress Saoirse Ronan cast in THE HOBBIT
Although it hasn't been announced which character Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (ATONEMENT, THE LOVELY BONES) will wind up playing in Peter Jackson's highly anticipated prequel THE HOBBIT, she certainly has the face of an elf. Her first name translates to "freedom" and the elven kind of Middle Earth are arguably the most uninhibited creatures roaming the fantasy landscape that Tolkien painstakingly created. Perhaps, she was born for the role? Read more after the break.
Ronan will probably wind up playing a female character created specifically for the film named Itaril. In a recent casting call for the film, the character is described in detail:
[ITARIL] FEMALE, A WOODLAND ELF, this character is one the Silvan Elves. The Silvan Elves are seen as more earthy and practical. Shorter than other elves, she is still quick and lithe and physically adept, being able to fight with both sword and bow. Showing promise as a fighter at a young age, ITARIL was chosen to train to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. This is the only life she has ever expected to live, until she meets and secretly falls in love with a young ELF LORD. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may also be required. LEAD. AGE: 17-27. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P.
Our buddy Cole Abaius over at FilmSchoolRejects.com speculates that Ronan may also be in the running to play Frodo's mother, but unless the young actress has abnormally large feet and a passion for microbrews it's highly unlikely that she would be playing against type as a Hobbit. Nevertheless, the character description of Primula Brandybuck can be found below so you can form your own opinion:
[PRIMULA BRANDYBUCK] Primula is a bright, lively and pretty young Hobbit. She is considered to be ‘wayward’ and ‘not proper’. But PRIMULA doesn’t care. – Prone to letting words and thoughts tumble out of her mouth without pause, PRIMULA can also be acutely observant. Kind hearted with a loving nature, she is the type of person who can light up a room. LEAD. AGE: 18-27 STANDARD R.P. OR SLIGHTLY ACCENTED REGIONAL ENGLISH ACCENT.
Actors Aidan Turner and James Nesbitt, playing the dwarf characters of Kili and Bofur, will also be joining Ronan and the usual suspects in the fantasy adventure.
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