LOTR Casting Rumors, Rumblings, and Reports

Kate Winslet

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.

Uma Thurman

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

Also in September, Michael De Luca, in an apparent email to a fan, reported that Thurman was being considered for Eowyn, not Galadriel. 15

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

 

1 July 20, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Moriarty Rants on AICN

2 August 9, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Kate Winslet Out

3 August 19, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Uma and Ethan? -- UPDATED

4 July 13, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: New Line Talks back

5 July 14, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Married Couple Rumors Abound...

6 July 15, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: American Couple

7 July 20, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Moriarty Rants on AICN

8 August 19, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Uma and Ethan? -- UPDATED (Evening Post, NZ - via Scoop)

9 August 31, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Faramir, Galadriel and Merry To!

10 September 14, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Ethan and Uma Still ‘Negotiating’

11 September 15, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Ethan IS Faramir?

12 September 16, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Hawke: Still in Negotiations

13 September 24, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Ethan, Uma and Stamp? oh my...

14 September 27, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Stamp: ‘Absolutely Not’

15 September 26, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Uma as Eowyn? Blanchett as Galadriel?!

16 October 7th, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: NEW LINE PRESS RELEASE

17 October 16th, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Media Watch: Yahoo News

18 October 30th, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Ethan ’3 Picture Deal’

19 October 31st, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Ethan and Uma News

20 October 31st, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: More on that Norwegian Article

21 February 13th, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Casting: Uma is OUT

22 January 3rd, 2003 ~ TORn News Article: The Actors Who Could Have Been In LOTR

23 April 18th, 2008 ~ TORn News Article: Blast from the Past – Uma could’ve been Eowyn

24 April 17th, 2008 ~ MTV Movie Blog: ‘Lord of the Rings’ What If: Uma Thurman As Eowyn?