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February 18, 2000Searching For a New Eowyn
Site visitor GroBo contacted me yesterday with information on
who might be replacing Uma Thurman as Eowyn. He got this scoop for us from a friend of
his, who is a camera man working on Lord of the Rings filming.
Apparently, Jackson made a phone call a week ago to his
casting assistant in Hollywood to try and find a new Eowyn. What was previously thought
was that Thurman had never been considered for the part, but it turns out that we all were
wrong. According to this contact, Jackson and crew have completed filming of Fellowship
of the Ring, along with several scenes which included Thurman as Eowyn. These will
all have to be replaced, of course.
The word on Thurman's dismissal is that Jackson changed his
mind on how he pictured Eowyn, although some say it was Thurman's decision. In any case,
Jackson is currently looking into filling the role with Julia Roberts or Winona Ryder.
Since these ladies probably just received the scripts, we can assume there will be no
answers from them for a couple of days.
Since this casting change is late in production, there is
some urgency to the matter. As stated above, Fellowship is done (or at least, the
non-edited version is) and The Two Towers is half-way through. The scenes with
Thurman as Eowyn were nearly completed, so having to re-shoot these scenes with a
different actress will push the timetable back a few weeks.
According to this contact, Peter is not worried. The shooting
has gone without any major problems so far (there was a small fire in a prop tent, but no
vital equipment got destroyed) so no time will be lost in the long run.
My personal feeling on the matter is basically neutral,
although I am hesitant to go so far as to insinuate that Julia Roberts would make a good
Eowyn. The fact is, I think she wouldn't, but we'll have to see what Jackson does.