October 18, 1999
Leaves Lord of the Rings
Just one week into the start of principal photography,
Stuart Townsend has left Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Townsend
had signed on to play the role of Strider/Aragorn in the picture, and according to Variety
that role may now go to Viggo Mortenson (G.I. Jane, A Perfect Murder).
New Line Cinema has not confirmed Townsend's departure, but
Variety said "sources close to the New Zealand production" claim Townsend
and Jackson had creative differences about the role. Other sources indicated that Townsend
lacked the star power to carry off the part.