August 30, 1999
New Line Casts Tyler as
Queen in 'Rings'
Chris Petrikin, Nick Madigan
Liv Tyler has been cast as Queen of
the Fairies in New Line Cinema's trilogy "The Lord of the Rings."
Closure of the deal was held up by a
scheduling conflict with Robert Altman's "Dr. T. and the Women," in which Tyler
will star alongside Helen Hunt and Richard Gere. But a plan has been worked out for Tyler
to leave the nine-month "Rings" shoot in New Zealand for a quick three-week
stint on "Dr. T." in Texas.
Tyler is currently shooting USA Films'
"One Night at McCool's" in Los Angeles, with Michael Douglas, Eric Schaeffer,
Reba McEntire and Andrew Silverstein formerly Andrew Dice Clay.
On "Rings," Tyler will work
with Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Christopher Lee on the J.R.R. Tolkien fable, which is
being helmed by Peter Jackson ("Heavenly Creatures," "The
Frighteners"). Lensing of the production, with a budget of at least $130 million,
begins this fall.
Tyler, who is repped by CAA,
previously starred in "Armageddon," "Stealing Beauty," "Inventing
the Abbotts" and this year's "Cookie's Fortune," another Altman film, which
is being re-released later this year as an Oscar race entry.