Directors Re-cast the Lord of the Rings trilogy!

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Scott Weinberg, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

    Oct 3, 2000
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    I was reading some news about how Ewan McGregor is now on the short list for the James Bond role. And I think that would be a perfect choice. I may be a little biased, as McGregor (along with Mr. Depp) is currently my favorite actor working today.

    Then that got me to thinking about who Ewan McGregor could have played in the LOTR trilogy (Faramir [​IMG] ) and that then led me to this idea:

    Re-cast the trilogy!

    Here are the rules:

    Name who you'd have chosen for the roles listed below. Please understand that I adore the "real" cast down to the guy who played Haldir SoonDead, so this is not a knock on Jackson's cast in any way, shape or form. It's just something to kill the time while snow falls in Philadelphia.

    Here's a twist: You cannot mention an actor who has been previously chosen in the same role. Example: if I chose Toshiro Mifune for Gandalf, you cannot repeat that pick although you could pick Mifune for another role if you wanted to.

    Once we get a good amount of picks for each role, maybe I'll do a competition-type thing so we can vote on the best choices. Or maybe I'll just be lazy and slow like I am on all my Polls threads.

    These picks took some time to come up with! Most of 'em are who I'd enjoy seeing, but some (like my Elrond pick) just made me laugh when I thought of 'em. If you'd like to participate, please make picks for ALL the characters listed below. Thanks.

    Here's my picks:

    Gandalf - Sean Connery

    Saruman - Donald Sutherland

    Aragorn - Kurt Russell

    Frodo - Tobey Maguire

    Samwise - Seth Green

    Merry - Sam Rockwell

    Pippin - Topher Grace

    Legolas - Christian Bale

    Gimli - Robert Carlyle

    Thoeden - Gene Hackman

    Grima - Lance Henriksen

    Faramir - Ewan McGregor

    Boromir - Eric Bana

    Denethor - James Caan

    Haldir - Brad Pitt

    Gamling - Michael Ironside

    Elrond - Christopher Walken

    Eowyn - Emily Mortimer

    Eomer - Val Kilmer

    Arwen - Milla Jovovich

    Galadriel - Michelle Pfeiffer

    Celeborn - Guy Pearce

    Isildur - Harrison Ford

    Bilbo - Ben Kinglsley

    Gollum - Johnny Depp

    Theodred - Kevin Costner (Get it?) [​IMG]
  2. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

    May 13, 2001
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  3. Jan H

    Jan H Cinematographer

    Nov 6, 2001
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    Big Chill? [​IMG]

    Ok, I'll play it straight:

    Gandalf: Brian Cox

    Saruman: Terence Stamp

    Aragorn: Russell Crowe

    Frodo: Edward Norton

    Sam: Nathan Lane

    Bilbo: Anthony Hopkins

    Eowyn: Jodie Foster

    Galadriel: Nicole Kidman

    Arwen: Juliet Binoche

    Gimli: Bob Hoskins

    Legolas: Leo DiCaprio

    Elrond: Stellan Skaarsgard

    Gollum: Steve Buscemi (I thought it WAS him!)

    If I can think of any more, I'll ad 'em.
  4. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

    Feb 22, 2000
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    Gandalf - Lew
    Gollum - Justin S
    Aragorn - SteveGon
    Legolas - Bill
    Eowyn - Elizabeth
    Arwen - ??
    Frodo - Scott
    Sam - Arman
    Elrond - Jack Briggs
    Gimli - Martin
    Faramir - Simon
    Theoden - Me
    Pippen - Jim
    Merry - Brian
    Saruman - George
    Grima - Angelo
  5. Nick Sievers

    Nick Sievers Producer

    Jul 1, 2000
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    I'll be Arwen then.
  6. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    May 16, 2001
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    Georgia (the state)
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    Patrick McCart
    How about...

    Monty Python and the Lord of the Rings

    Let's see... each Python would probably play around 10 parts each.

    Lord of the Rings 3000

    Cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Bill Corbett as Crow as Frodo...

    Whose Ring is it Anyway?

    Colin Mochrie as Gandalf. Greg Proops as Aragorn. [​IMG]
  7. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

    Jan 10, 2003
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  8. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Producer

    Jan 23, 2000
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    This should be some fun. Couldn't come up with all of them, so here is a shorter list.

    Gandalf - Sean Connery
    Saruman - Max Van Sydow
    Aragorn - Christian Bale
    Frodo - Nick Moran
    Samwise - Jason Statham
    Merry - Dexter Fletcher
    Pippin - Jason Flemyng
    Legolas - Tim Roth
    Thoeden - Gabriel Byrne
    Grima - Jeffery Combs
    Faramir - Jude Law
    Boromir - Clive Owen
    Eowyn - Natacha McElhone
    Arwen - Claire Forlani
    Galadriel - Julianne Moore
    Gollum - Willem Dafoe

    Bonus to anyone who can figure out my Hobbits without looking them up.

    * Edit - ack, seems I got the same Galdalf as you did *
  9. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Screenwriter

    Feb 26, 2002
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    Gandalf - Morgan Freeman
    Saruman - Lou Gossett, Jr.
    Aragorn - Denzel Washington
    Frodo - Larenz Tate
    Samwise - Gary Coleman
    Merry - Bernie Mac
    Pippin - Chris Tucker
    Elrond - Samuel L. Jackson
    Legolas - Richard Roundtree
    Gimli - Cedric the Entertainer
    Thoeden - Richard Pryor
    Grima - Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    Faramir - Ice Cube
    Boromir - Eddie Murphy
    Eowyn - Halle Berry
    Arwen - Tisha Campbell
    Galadriel - Diana Ross
    Gollum - Jaleel White
    Bilbo - Bill Cosby
  10. Matt Pelham

    Matt Pelham Screenwriter

    Mar 13, 2002
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    [​IMG] Perfect! "My precious....Did I do that?"

    And no offense Jan, but thank God in Heaven it wasn't really cast with those actors!
  11. Dalton

    Dalton Screenwriter

    Aug 19, 2001
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    Rhode Island
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    Gandalf - Patrick Stewart
    Saruman - Anthony Hopkins
    Aragorn - Johnny Depp
    Frodo - Jake Gyllenhaal
    Samwise - Kevin Smith
    Pippin - Sean William Scott
    Merry - Freddy Prinze Jr.
    Elrond - Brad Pitt
    Legolas - Tom Welling (Clark Kent on Smallville for those unaware of him)
    Gimli - Robbie Coltrain
    Thoeden - Liam Neeson
    Grima Wormtongue - Jon Dalton (from Survivor: Pearl Islands)[​IMG]
    Faramir - Hugh Jackman
    Boromir - Jason Statham
    Eowyn - Jennifer Garner
    Arwen - Krista Allen
    Galadriel - Naomi Watts
    Gollum - John Leguizamo
  12. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Mar 14, 2001
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    At one time the Beatles were planning on doing a Lord of the Rings. So, going back to the late 60's, here's my cast (Remember, these are the actors as they were in the late 60's age-wise):

    Gollum - John Lennon

    Frodo - Paul McCartney

    Gandalf - George Harrison

    Samwise - Ringo Starr

    Saruman - Jack Lemmon

    Aragorn - Sean Connery

    Merry - Gene Wilder

    Pippin - Jack Nicholson

    Legolas - Clint Eastwood

    Gimli - Burt Reynolds

    Thoeden - Charlie Chaplin

    Grima - Marty Feldman

    Faramir - Paul Newman

    Boromir - Steve McQueen

    Denethor - Marlon Brando

    Elrond - Henry Fonda

    Eowyn - Faye Dunaway

    Eomer - Robert Redford

    Arwen - Ann-Margaret

    Galadriel - Audrey Hepburn

    Celeborn - Cary Grant

    Isildur - Burt Lancaster

    Bilbo - Benny Hill

    P.S. Brook, you left out one -

    Sauron - Brook [​IMG]
  13. Brian Lawrence

    Brian Lawrence Producer

    Feb 28, 1998
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    Gandalf - Max Von Sydow

    Saruman - Groucho Marx

    Aragorn - David Hasselhoff

    Frodo - Woody Allen

    Samwise - Joe Pesci

    Merry - Steve Buscemi

    Pippin - Harpo Marx

    Legolas - Criswell

    Gimli - Charles Laughton

    Boromir - Thomas Chong

    Arwen - Jessica Rabbit

    Galadriel - Divine

    Bilbo - W.C. Fields

    Gollum - Peter Lorre
  14. Jan H

    Jan H Cinematographer

    Nov 6, 2001
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    Uh, ok. Anyway, now that last night's buzz has subsided, there are still a couple of choices I stand by (not that the casting of the actual LOTR is in any way impeachable). I think Crowe's brooding physicality would've made for a great Aragorn. I'm likewise still pleased with Stamp as Saruman, Hoskins as Gimli, Hopkins as Bilbo, and Kidman as Galadriel. What has held up less well, in the cold light of sobriety, is Winona as Arwen and Leo as Legolas (though he is suitably 'girly'). WHAT WAS I THINKING!!?? [​IMG]

    Martin, love your list! "The Lordz of The Ring" Though I would've cast Gary Coleman as Frodo (or Gollum).

    Merry - Bernie Mac = Inspired!
  15. Ray H

    Ray H Producer

    Jun 13, 2002
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    George, I've been thinking about a 60s version of LOTR starring the Beatles too! I know the Beatles originally wanted to play some specific parts like George as Gandalf, but really, that's just crazy. Especially when they're just perfect as the four hobbits! Couldn't think of actors for some characters towards the end of my list so I just went with George's picks. [​IMG]

    Frodo- Paul McCartney
    Sam- Ringo Starr
    Merry- John Lennon
    Pippin- George Harrison
    Gandalf- John Huston
    Saruman- Anthony Quinn
    Aragorn- Sean Connery
    Legolas- Robert Redford
    Gimli- Rod Steiger
    Boromir- Charlton Heston
    Elrond- Henry Fonda
    Arwen- Jane Fonda
    Theoden- Alec Guiness
    Eomer- Peter O'Toole
    Eowyn- Julie Christie
    Gollum- Anthony Hopkins
    Faramir- Paul Newman
    Denethor- Laurence Olivier
    Bilbo- Benny Hill
    Galadriel- Audrey Hepburn
    Celeborn- Cary Grant
  16. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Mar 14, 2001
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    I definitely like some of your choices better, and I'll admit it makes more sense to have them as the 4 hobbits, but John really wanted to play Gollum. [​IMG]

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