LOTR Casting Rumors, Rumblings, and Reports
Kate Winslet, in July, 1999, was reported as in negotiations for Eowyn. 1 In July, Michael De Luca made two comments indicating that Winslet had declined the role, perhaps due to the length of time needed for shooting. 2 3
Ultimately, Kate Winslet was not involved in the LOTR film trilogy.
In July, 1999, NewLine executive, Michael De Luca hinted (at Ain't It Cool News) there’s a certain husband and wife team for Faramir and Galadriel that looks like it might work... Here’s a hint... think “Gattaca”. Xoanon speculated this could refer to Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke or to Jude Law and Sadie Frost. 4 5 A few days later, Du Luca reportedly added American" to the hint and Law's representatives denied either Law or Frost are being considered. This lead Xoanon to declare, I’d say that about clears things up 6 (~ presumably confirming the couple to be Hawke and Thurman.)
That same month, Moriarty of Ain't It Cool News posted a ‘rant’ that included: (If Ian McKellen is cast as Gandalf) he’ll join Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Jeffrey Combs (believe it, folks -- he’s Wormtongue), Bryan Boyd (Xoanon thinks he means Billy Boyd), and the still-negotiating Kate Winslet, who would be a lovely Eowyn. 7
In mid August, both Du Luca and Ethan Hawke's agent, (in a phone call to Xoanon) confirmed that Hawke and Uma Thurman were negotiating for the roles of Faramir and Galadriel. 8 9 Negotitions continued through mid-September, 10 11 but, on Sept. 16, 1999, Xoanon was told (by Hawke's 'camp') to call back within the week for a definitive answer. 12
Toward the end of September, Film Unlimited reported that Hawke and Thurman were confirmed for LOTR. Xoanon cautioned that Ethan’s ‘camp’ the day before had reported an ‘unconfirmed’ status. 13 TORn called an unknown entity that absolutely denied the Film Unlimited report (in that same article) that Terence Stamp was being considered for a role in LOTR. This, coupled with the mistaken report that the second film would be ROTK, cast doubt on the veracity of the entire article. 14
On October 7, 1999, NewLine released an extensive press release listing multiple cast members. Neither Thurman or Hawke are listed but their rumored roles, Eowyn. Galadriel and Faramir, are also not listed as being filled by other actors. 16 A week later, there was still no news on their casting status with the movies. 17
In late October, Ethan Hawke reported on the "Eric and Kathy Show" (Chicago radio 101.9, Illinois, US) that he would be involved in a three-movie project in the near future. 18 A day later, Ringer Spies provide English translations of a article in the Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet. In this article, (according to the Spies' translations) Ethan Hawke confirmed he would play Faramir but he doesn't know if his wife, Uma Thurman, would be involved. He said she’d had talks with the producers but the couple are hesitant to work together because they're worried their marriage would be used to market the film. 19 20
By mid-October, TORn was heavily reporting on Thurmans's other (non-LOTR) news (along with other cast actors) but, unlike her husband Hawke (who was treated as having been cast as Faramir, Thurman was always referred to as 'heavily rumored' or ' highly tipped' to be playing Eowyn.
In mid-February, 2000, it was rumored that Thurman would not be cast as Eowyn. 21 TORn said it would place a call to her agent to confirm but nothing more was written of Thurman until her status of an actor who "could have been in LOTR" (along with many others) was recapped in a January, 2003 TORn article where it cited her young child and Hawke turning down his offered role as reasons for her not taking her offered role. 22 In April, 2008, TORn linked to an interview where Thurman discussed her brush with LOTR fame. She confirmed she had been offered the part of Eowyn but turned it down because she had a young child and didn't want to leave home for a year but she wished she had taken the part. 23 24
8 August 19, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Uma and Ethan? -- UPDATED (Evening Post, NZ - via Scoop) ⇑
24 April 17th, 2008 ~ MTV Movie Blog: ‘Lord of the Rings’ What If: Uma Thurman As Eowyn? ⇑