Cate Blanchett is one of a number of stars to be returning for The Hobbit movie and she has admitted that she had no expectation of there being a film after the last Lord of the Rings movie. Cate says that, as soon as The Hobbit was confirmed, she was desperate to be involved.
Blanchett told Flicks and Bits, “I had no expectation that there would be anything more after the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. I thought that was sort of the end of the journey – and my time on that trilogy was all too brief. I was there for three or four weeks, even though they shot for such a long time, I was only there for that amount of time.”
She added, “So when I heard that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh (producer/screenwriter) and Philippa Boyens (screenwriter) were going to embark upon ‘The Hobbit,’ I became a stalker (laughs), and I literally called my agent – and I don’t really bother my agent that much (laughs), but I called her pretty much every day to say, ‘Is there any word yet? Is Galadriel going to be in it?’ I kept getting the answer that Peter doesn’t know yet, because of course Galadriel doesn’t appear much in ‘The Hobbit’ book, so I was hoping against hope.”
Cate continued, “And then when I got word that, in fact, she was going to be in a small section of it I was over the moon. It was a little bit like returning to Summer camp (laughs), in that so many of the people that were a part of the first journey are a part of this journey. It’s an amazing thing to be able to return to something that begun 12 years ago.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to be released on December 13, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving in cinemas on December 13th, 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again concluding the trilogy on July 18th, 2014.