We already know that Guillermo del Toro is working on getting Sir Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis back as Gandalf and Gollum respectively for The Hobbit. Tonight Variety added another returning cast member into the mix. Apparently director Guillermo del Toro is also reaching out to Viggo Mortensen, who played Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, to reprise his role for one of the two Hobbit films.

If you’ve read The Hobbit you’re probably trying to figure out where the heck Aragorn fits in, since he’s not actually in the book. Odds are he won’t be in the first movie, but the un second one, which will be cobbled together mostly out of ancillary Tolkien material that fills in the gaps between “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” books. In those Aragorn figures prominently, used by Gandalf to capture and question Gollum and wooing the lovely Arwen who becomes his bride at the end of Return of the King. It’s likely that’s what del Toro is wooing Viggo for.

Everyone in the Lord of the Rings cast has seemed open in the past to returning for more work on any future film. Viggo in particular has always seemed especially dedicated to his character, and I can’t imagine him letting anyone else portray Aragorn son of Arathorn, as long as he has anything to say about it. If del Toro wants him, I’m willing to be Viggo signs up.

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