Cast & Crew
Sean Bean

The Sunday Mail
September 12, 1999

Sean Bean Cast in Lord of the Rings

Sean Bean has landed a leading role in a new Hollywood epic based on
Tolkien's best-selling adventure Lord of the Rings.

The 40-year-old actor, who played the hard-hitting soldier Sharpe in the
ITV series, will star as the warrior Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first movie of the film trilogy.

Last night, a Hollywood insider said: "It's a fantastic role for Sean. The
three movies are expected to be huge box office hits.

"It's quite a large role although the character will not be in the two

Sean - whose rogue secret service agent Alec Trevelyan battled Pierce
Brosnan's James Bond in GoldenEye - will appear alongside other British
stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee and Ian Holm.

The insider added: "Executives have been after Sean for quite some time.
They're delighted he is finally on board for the project."

Sean's character Boromir is described as a "tall and handsome" lord - who joins the quest to destroy the evil Sauron.

He is initially tempted to possess the ring but redeems himself by saving
his companions during battle.

Sean, last seen as real-life SAS man Andy McNab in a TV version of the book Bravo Two Zero, will start work on the movie in New Zealand next month.