Next Movie: Cate Blanchett Gives 'The Hobbit' A Woman's Touch

By Scott Harris

Everyone loves “The Hobbit.”

Since it came out more than 70 years ago, generations of readers have thrilled to the story of Bilbo Baggins and his dwarven pals as they head up into the mountains to rustle up some dragon. But while the book has long been acknowledged as a classic, one flaw has been nagging at fans eagerly awaiting the upcoming film adaptation from “Lord of the Rings” mastermind Peter Jackson: “The Hobbit” doesn’t have any women in it.

Honestly, WTF?

Well, now we know how Jackson is planning to address that major omission: he’s going to just go ahead and add one of the most talented and beautiful women in the world to the film, as New Line has issued a press release announcing the return of “Lord of the Rings” veteran Cate Blanchett.

Blanchett, of course, played the elven queen Galadriel, also known as the Lady of Lothlorien or “that creepy hot chick who totally wigs the hobbits right out at the end of “The Fellowship of the Ring.”" And needless to say, Jackson is pretty stoked to have the Oscar winning actress back in the fold.

“Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with,” Jackson said in a statement, “and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films.”

So what will Blachett be doing in the movie, exactly, considering her character doesn’t appear in the book? Well, we’re not sure, but that’s okay, because Blanchett isn’t the only cast addition whose character is also a story addition; Sylvester McCoy (aka the Seventh Doctor from “Doctor Who”) will be playing Gandalf’s wizarding buddy Radagast the Brown, who doesn’t really appear in the book either.

Also joining the production: Mikael Persbrandt, who will play Beorn, Ryan Gage, who is set to portray Drogo Baggings, and the team of Ken Stott, Jed Brophy and William Kircher, who will play the dwarves Balin, Nori and Bifur respectively. None of whom, you’ll note, is a woman.

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