We’ve got some great casting news for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. According to an official press release sent out by New Line and Warner Bros more actors have been confirmed for the prequel. They include Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, and Mikael Persbrandt. This film seems to be shaping up nicely! Check out the official announcement below…

Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt have joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic ‘The Hobbit.’ Also joining them are Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher. The films, which are scheduled to commence principal photography in February 2011, mark Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following his Oscar-winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

Jackson, who directed all three ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of ‘The Hobbit’ in two parts from a screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

Cate Blanchett (‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’) will reprise her role from ‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien. Ken Stott (‘Charlie Wilson’s War’, TV’s ‘Rebus’) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (TV’s ‘Doctor Who’) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown and well-known Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt (‘Everlasting Moments’, ‘Day and Night’) will play the shape-shifter Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage (‘Outlaw’, TV’s ‘Doctors’) will play Drogo Baggins, with New Zealand actors Jed Brophy (‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy, ‘District 9′) playing the role of the dwarf Nori, and William Kircher (‘Out of the Blue’; TV’s ‘Legend of the Seeker’) rounding out the company of Thorin Oakensheild in role of the dwarf Bifur.

The previous cast announcement revealed:

  • Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins
  • Richard Armitage (MI-5) as Thorin Oakenshield
  • Aidan Turner (Being Human) as Kili
  • Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) Fili
  • Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin
  • John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) as Oin
  • Stephen Hunter (All Saints) as Bombur
  • Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori
  • Peter Hambleton (The Strip) as Gloin
  • James Nesbitt – Bofur
  • Adam Brown – Ori

What do you think about the latest group of actors to join The Hobbit?

Source: Coming Soon