The LOTR Movie Site
November 18, 1999

Lord of the Rings to Begin Filming

This article was recently featured in a Canadian entertainment magazine (we don't know which one). Thanks go to Cris for spotting this.

If all is on schedule, filming for THE TWO TOWERS, the first instalment of director Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, should be under way in New Zealand.

The epic translation of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale is expected to take an epic amount of time to shoot, which has scared off a number of actors who would have otherwise been interested. Count Sean Connery and Kate Winslet among the talent who just couldn't commit. But have no fear, there are still some quality names associated with the project.

Ian Holme [The Sweet Hereafter] will  play Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen [Gods and Monsters] will play Gandalf, Elijah Wood [Deep Impact] will play Frodo Baggins, Ethan Hawke [Snow Falling on Cedars] will play Faramir and Liv Tyler [Cookie's Fortune] will play Arwen.