Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins
Notes: An excellent character actor, Holm is no stranger to Tolkien: he played Frodo in a widely acclaimed BBC Radio Production twenty years ago. He worked for five weeks on the movies early in 2000, and has been lavishing praise on the production ever since.
Liv Tyler as Arwen
Notes: Originally, news articles listed her role as "Queen of the Fairies," but it soon became apparent she was playing the role of Arwen. The character has only a few speaking lines in the book; her role has been beefed up to carry her romance with Aragorn through all three movies.
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Notes: This small but vitally important role will be filled gloriously by Blanchett, who has been very enthusiastic about the project despite a mere ten days of shooting.
Miranda Otto as
Notes: Cast well after production had begin, this Australian actress took on a role that had long been rumored to be filled by Uma Thurman.
Karl Urban as Eomer
Notes: A New Zealand star, Urban has appeared in a number of television shows produced there. He is most well-known in the States for his roles as Cupid and Julius Caesar in the Xena/Hercules universe.
David Wenham as
Notes: This Australian star's casting, delayed until March 2000, put to rest long-running rumors that Ethan Hawke would play the part.
Hugo Weaving as
Notes: Another late casting choice, Weaving's role as Elrond will only expand his eclectic range of characters, including a computer intelligence, a drag queen, and a talking dog.
Bernard Hill as Theoden
Notes: Most famous for his role as Captain Smith in Titanic, Hill is also a talented Shakespearean actor.
John Noble as Denethor
Notes: This Australian actor was not cast until nearly a year after filming had begun. Note his resemblance to screen son Sean Bean (Boromir).