A few months ago, Viggo Mortensen told MTV that he could see his "Lord of the Rings" character, Aragorn, popping up in a film meant to bridge the stories between "The Hobbit" and the "Rings" trilogy. The only problem there is that the bridge chapter is looking increasingly unlikely.
Then again, maybe not. "Hobbit" director Guillermo del Toro may have ruled out the possibility of directing the bridge movie, but that doesn't mean someone else -- even Peter Jackson himself -- can't step in to do it. That's what I find most interesting about Mortensen's words in a recent interview with ComingSoon. It sounds like he's clearer on the franchise plans since we last spoke from him, and still that talk of a bridge film persists....
"My character is around at times--in the middle, but it would only be if they made a second movie or connecting movie that connected 'The Hobbit' to 'The Lord of the Rings' that I might appear, which would be great," Mortensen said.
In fairness, Jackson told Latino Review a few months ago that any talk of a bridge movie at this point is "speculative." But there's no denying the series' profitability; if the two "Hobbit" movies are done in a reasonable amount of time, schedules line up and a worthy story is conceived, it's a safe bet that at least some effort will be putting into setting up that bridge.
For now though, everyone is focused on just getting the opening chapter of "The Hobbit" out of the way. "I think they're just worried about shooting the first part of that movie which doesn't involve my character," Mortensen said.
What do you think the odds are of seeing a bridge movie somewhere down the road? Would you like to see Aragorn ride again?