LOTR Casting Rumors, Reports, and Rumblings

Joshua Cox

After reading in June, 1999 that Joshua Cox was being considered for an unnamed role in LOTR. Xoanon made a to Cox's official fan club and was told Cox hadn't made any mention of LOTR during a convention a few weeks prior. 1 A month later, a Ringer Spy who had been assisting Cox at another convention said Cox reported he had auditioned for the role of Faramir. He would really like the role but, because they were looking for a 'star' name for the role, he didn't think he had much chance. 2

Ultimately, Cox was not cast in any role for the LOTR film trilogy.

Ethan Hawke

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. 3 4 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" 5 (~ 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.’’ 6

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. 7 8 Negotitions continued through mid-September, 9 10 but, on Sept. 16, 1999, Xoanon was told (by Hawke’s ‘camp’) to call back within the week for a definitive answer. 11

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. 12 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. 13

On October 7, 1999, NewLine released an extensive press release listing multiple cast members. Neither Hawke nor Thurman are listed but their rumored roles, Faramir and Galadriel, are also not listed as being filled by other actors. 14 A week later, there was still no news on their casting status with the movies. 15

In late October, 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. 16 A day later, Ringer Spies provide English translations of a article in the Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet. In this article, (according to the Spies’ translations) 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. 17 18

In an article about filming for “The Two Towers”, a December 1999 issue of “Famous” (a magazine handed out free in cinemas) reported that Hawke would play Faramir. 19

By mid-October, TORn was heavily reporting on Hawke’s other (non-LOTR) news (along with other cast actors). In mid-November, they started referring to him as “Ethan Hawke (Faramir)”. In December, Hawke began promoting his film, “Snow Falling on Cedars”, but made no mention of LOTR in any of his interviews.

In mid-March, 2000, a Ringer Spy reported that Du Luca, responding to an email query from that Spy, wrote, ‘‘Ethan’s Out’.’ 20 Ethan Hawke was ultimately not cast in the role of Faramir and his status of an actor who “could have been in LOTR” (along with many others) was recapped in a January, 2003 TORn article. 21

Jude Law

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 but Law's representatives said there had been no talk of his getting a role in LOTR and they denied rumors that he would team with is wife (Sadie Frost) for the rumored husband/wife casting for Faramir and Galadriel. 22 In late September, 1999, Xoanon commented on an Empire magazine article by saying,"some information is wrong (Tim Spall. Sean Connery and Jude Law have NOT been cast)" 23

Ultimately, Law was not cast in any role for the LOTR film trilogy.

David Wenham - cast as Faramir in the LOTR film trilogy

In late March, it was rumored, 24 then accepted (by TORn) that David Wenham had been cast as Faramir. 25 (~ An April, 2000 recap of actors lists Wenham as cast for Faramir and refers to this March rumor as the first 'news'. There was no article regarding an official announcement or a confirmation that the rumor was true.)

 

1 June 25. 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Another Rumor Shot Down

2 TORn News Article: Cox REALLY wants it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19 December 3rd, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Media Watch: Famous Magazine

20 March 12th, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Deluca: ‘Ethan’s Out’

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

22 July 14, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Is Anyone Up For ANY Role?! : Law Not Up For ‘Rings’

23 September 29, 1999 ~ TORn News Article: Media Watch

24 March 27th, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Faramir Cast?

25 April 10th, 2000 ~ TORn News Article: Half A Year into Middle-earth