Sunday Star Times
November 14, 1999
Fantasy Role Attracts
Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett has confirmed she will be in
New Zealand in June to star in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Star-Times,
Blanchett said she would be in the country for Msix weeks to play the elf Galadriel, the
wise queen of Lorien.
"I believe they will be doing something interesting with
my ears," said Blanchettt, who read the JRR Tolkien books when she was at school.
Blanchett said Jackson approached her to play the role in the
$360 million trilogy and she accepted it almost immediately. She was ecited about working
with Jackson and coming here for the first time. She had heard about the beautiful
landscape, but admitted she knew little else about the country.
The blonde siren, who was nominated for an Oscar and who won
the Golden Globe and Bafta best actress awards for her title role in Elizabeth last year,
said she almost came here last year for a holiday and to see friends.
Lead roles in Lord of the Rings include Sir Ian McKellan as
the wizard Gandalf and Elijah Wood as the young hobbit, Frodo. Liv Tyler plays Arwen, a
young elf princess who is prepared to give up her immortality for the love of Aragorn, a
None of the stars have yet spoken about their roles because
the have been hushed by contracts. Rings publicist Claire Raskind said filming in
Wellington had finished for the year and the crew had shifted to Queenstown.
Meanwhile, musician Neil Finn is to write music for a new
Hollywood movie starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. This is according to Baz
Luhrmann who has directed a list of big name films, including Strictly Ballroom, and the
most recent movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Speaking before
the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney last week, Luhrmann said he had been working with
Finn on music for his latest film, Moulin Rouge.
"Neil and I were trying to work out some music on this film together. I think he's
one of the most extraordinary writers of folk music and lyrics" said Luhrmann.
"On Moulin Rouge we were looking to work on something and if not that, we will
probably do something in the future. He is someone I've been trying to find a way to work
with. I love him"
Filming started on Tuesday. Finn's assistant Amanda McGregor said Finn could not comment
because he was too busy recording but had said he "would love to do a musical with