Saoirse Ronan Joins The Cast Of The Hobbit

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Back in November, our own Josh Tyler wrote up a great feature titled "Riddles In The Dark: 4 Big Story Problems Peter Jackson Must Solve To Make The Hobbit." As the title suggests, the article outlined potential problems that Peter Jackson and crew might encounter while trying to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's book to the big screen. One of these four problems is that the book contains absolutely zero female characters. Well, it seems as though they have found a way around that.

IFTN recently conducted an interview with casting director Ros Hubbard, who is working on the casting for The Hobbit, and over the course of the conversation it was revealed that Oscar nominated 16 year old Saoirse Ronan has joined the cast of the upcoming epic. The actress' name came up only when the presence of Irish actors in the film was discussed, and Hubbard didn't bat an eye in her response, saying,

And working with Peter Jackson is like working with a family. So they’ll have a great time. Saoirse’s family will go too, everyone is very close and very loving on those sorts of jobs. It’s not like typical studio movies at all.

Considering that there are a few characters from the original trilogy, such as Frodo, Galadriel, and Saruman who will be appearing in the film (and rumors about Legolas continue) it's quite clear that they aren't using the book as religious text, meaning that there will be some changes made. But now the big question is, what kind of role will Saoirse Ronan be playing?

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