Cate Blanchett Wanted A Second Role In The Lord Of The Rings

Blanchett wanted to play a dwarf woman in the fantasy series, but it didn't work out.


Cate Blanchett played Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings series, but if she had her way, she would have pulled double duty by portraying a second character.

Appearing on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, Blanchett said she pitched Peter Jackson and co-writer Fran Walsh on the idea of her playing a dwarf woman during a banquet scene in the epic fantasy movie. The Australian actress lobbied to play the role to help create another female character in a film franchise that is focused on men.

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"There's not too many chicks in the Tolkien universe," she said (via CinemaBlend). "I loved it so much and I did say to Peter and Fran, they were doing a banquet scene with a whole lot of dwarves. I always wanted to play the bearded lady, so I asked them, 'Could I be your hairy wife woman when you pan across the banquet table of dwarves?'"

Blanchett did not get her way due to the filming schedule changing. Filming on Galadriel's scenes lasted just three weeks, Blanchett added.

Blanchett reprised her role as Galadriel in Jackson's The Hobbit films. She's been in the news lately, as a report said she will play Lilith in the upcoming Borderlands movie.

In other Lord of the Rings news, a new game focused on Gollum is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The first images have been released--check them out here. Additionally, Amazon is producing a new Lord of the Rings MMO alongside its big-budget TV show.

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