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Hobbit Casting Director Spills Beans About Saoirse Ronan?
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Jan 27 2011, 2:57pm

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Hobbit Casting Director Spills Beans About Saoirse Ronan? Can't Post

Merie sends this in: From iftn.ie - "Ros Hubbard is a world renowned casting director having worked on hugely successful films such as ‘The Commitments’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘Father Ted’ with her family. IFTN caught up with the Irish talent spotter to talk about casting hobbits and dwarves for Peter Jackson, her trouble finding thin Irish children and ‘Father Ted’ bringing out her catholic guilt!" She basically confirmed that Saoirse Ronan has a part in "The Hobbit". More..

(This post was edited by Altaira on Jan 27 2011, 8:06pm)


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Lorien


Jan 27 2011, 8:08pm

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woohoo if true [In reply to] Can't Post

she is like a young Cate Blanchett and I can't wait to see her in the HOBBIT


ryan3650
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Jan 27 2011, 8:16pm

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She's perfect... [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Moahunter
Rohan


Jan 27 2011, 8:20pm

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Spills beans???? [In reply to] Can't Post

How many beans make five?
There's b.....all in this story .
I hope the amount of info. reflects the screentime devoted to this totally spurious and irrelevant character.


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jan 27 2011, 9:14pm

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I am sure that an actress of her caliber [In reply to] Can't Post

will contribute something awesome to the film, even if it is only a supporting part. I really do not care if the role is not in the book as long as it works in the movie.

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Elladan
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Jan 27 2011, 9:22pm

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I agree Kangi [In reply to] Can't Post

But I still cant see what role they could have possibly found for her. Teenagers dont seem to fit very well into middle earth.


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jan 27 2011, 9:29pm

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Hav you seen her dressed up lately? [In reply to] Can't Post

She will fit. A beautiful woman...and the best young actress since Natalie Portman.

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Flagg
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Jan 27 2011, 9:35pm

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Ros Hubbard worked on Father Ted? [In reply to] Can't Post

Then I trust her. Father Ted is perhaps the best thing ever to come out of Ireland. I am heavily biased in favour of anyone that had any involvement in the series whatsoever.


dave_lf
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Jan 27 2011, 10:01pm

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Casting is done? [In reply to] Can't Post

More interesting to me is that he says casting is done and pretty much everyone is in NZ.


Elentari03
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Jan 27 2011, 10:16pm

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That was my thought. [In reply to] Can't Post

Does she mean casting for Irish actors is done, or casting for all parts is done? If all parts are done, when can we expect an announcement? And who will it include? Personally, I hope to hear about Hugo Weaving/Elrond, the Elvenking, and Bard pretty soon. And by hope to hear about Elrond, I expect to hear that Weaving is back.


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Jan 27 2011, 10:44pm

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DRINK! [In reply to] Can't Post

I miss Jack Hackett...and Mrs. Doyle!

Anyhoo, here we go with fall-out over the casting of the "Elf-Wench"! Angelic

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dormouse
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Jan 27 2011, 10:45pm

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She'll probably turn out to be Primula.... [In reply to] Can't Post

... just because it's not what everyone's expecting!


Kangi Ska
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Jan 27 2011, 10:48pm

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She does not strike me as being particularly Hobbit like [In reply to] Can't Post

but then the guy they picked to play Thorin is not a Dwarf.

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dormouse
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Jan 27 2011, 10:49pm

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It's amazing what you can achieve.... [In reply to] Can't Post

.. with a big curly wig!!! Wink


Kangi Ska
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Jan 27 2011, 10:51pm

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Thorin would look interesting with an Afro (as they were called back in the 70s)// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Brandybuckled
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Jan 27 2011, 11:10pm

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I think she'll be Dain [In reply to] Can't Post

complete with a beard!

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Ainu Laire
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Jan 27 2011, 11:28pm

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If she is, I just hope they don't use the name "Itaril" [In reply to] Can't Post

Bad, bad name! Not at all Sindarin. XD Please consult a Sindarin expert, guys!

She is a great actress though. Definitely see her going places.

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duats
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Jan 27 2011, 11:29pm

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Sigh [In reply to] Can't Post

Bring on the unnecessary, forced-in elf love angle, I guess.

Unless PJ wised up, cut the character of Itaril, and Ronan was cast as Primula Baggins - which I could at least stomach.


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Kangi Ska
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Jan 27 2011, 11:42pm

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They will change that. ..too much airplay.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Finrod
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Jan 28 2011, 12:22am

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It's Quenya, not Sindarin [In reply to] Can't Post


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Bad, bad name! Not at all Sindarin. XD Please consult a Sindarin expert, guys!

She is a great actress though. Definitely see her going places.


Youre right: Itaril is not Sindarin, its Quenya! Idril is the words corresponding Sindarin form. Idril Celebrindals name in Quenya was Itarill, which means sparking brilliance.

I can certainly see a Wood-elf taking up the ancient name of the esteemed mother of the Great Intercessor whose plea brought an end to Thangorodrim.

And Ill bet anything shes a blonde. Idril was no raven-haired Sindar, nor some firey beauty of the Noldor. At more than half Vanyarin, her locks were of fairest gold.

Care to withdraw your protest about the unsuitability of the name?

…all eyes looked upon the ring; for he held it now aloft, and the green jewels gleamed there that the Noldor had devised in Valinor. For this ring was like to twin serpents, whose eyes were emeralds, and their heads met beneath a crown of golden flowers, that the one upheld and the other devoured; that was the badge of Finarfin and his house.
The Silmarillion, pp 150-151
while Felagund laughs beneath the trees
in Valinor and comes no more
to this grey world of tears and war.
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Lorien


Jan 28 2011, 1:15am

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I agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not a big fan of adding original characters just for the sake of getting a gratuitous "female love-interest" in the movie.

With those blue eyes...I could see her as Frodo's mom, but she's a bit young. Depending on what Primula and Drogo are going to be doing in the story, that may or may not work.


Altaira
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Jan 28 2011, 1:45am

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Ha! Great linguistic tidbit Finrod [In reply to] Can't Post

We'll have to wait until the DVD special features come out to see if that's where they got the name. I'll be gobsmacked if it is. WinkLaugh


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squire
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Jan 28 2011, 1:58am

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Why would a Wood-elf have a Quenya name? [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for that linguistic update! I had no idea "Itaril" was Quenya.

If I remember, the King of the Wood-elves (Thingol) in the Silmarillion put a ban on Quenya once he heard about how Quenya-speakers had slaughtered fellow-elves to steal their ships and defy the gods to come to Middle-earth and stir up endless war with Morgoth over the stolen Silmarils. After that, if I understand the mainline history, Quenya ceased to be spoken except in private ceremonial situations among the "exiled" Noldor Elves. And the Wood-elves of Mirkwood are far removed from the remaining High Elves of the Third Age, who linger in the Western lands. Except for the Elf-King himself (aka Thranduil) and Galadriel, no Elf east of the Misty Mountains would speak Quenya or give their offspring a Quenya name.

So I suppose this means that "Itaril" is an High Elf-lass warrior from Rivendell, where Quenya is still spoken by some, whom Elrond assigns to guide the Dwarves across Wilderland to their goal?



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duats
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Jan 28 2011, 2:54am

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So I suppose this means that "Itaril" is an High Elf-lass warrior from Rivendell, where Quenya is still spoken by some, whom Elrond assigns to guide the Dwarves across Wilderland to their goal?


Don't give them ideas Unsure.


Tseluyu
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Jan 28 2011, 4:09am

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Agreed as well [In reply to] Can't Post

Admittedly, the thought of a made-up elf-maiden didn't sit well with me at first, as she had begun to sound more and more like a typical LOTR Mary-Sue... But thinking about it now, I guess it's sort of necessary to add in a few more elves. After all, "The Hobbit" didn't have too many named elven characters. I just really hope they take out the unnecessary romance, if they still intend on including it.

Also hoping that the movies doesn't start to focus too much on this "Itaril" character, though given the lengths of these films, it looks like they just might...
I'd be satisfied if her role was similar to that of Haldir's in the FoTR, who wasn't given too much screentime, but enough to be memorable. Hell, anyone remember Figwit? He appeared for less than a minute but ended up becoming a "one-scene wonder."




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