Last year, “Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortensen told MTV News that he was game for a chance to return to Middle-earth, and would welcome the opportunity to portray Aragorn in a “Hobbit” bridge film.
So why hasn’t director Guillermo del Toro called him yet?
“I haven’t heard anything,” the once and future king of Men said of news about the movie. “I met [Guillermo] once years ago,” but haven’t talked to him since.
The real reason that Viggo hasn’t heard anything, of course, is that scriptwriting for the sure to be blockbuster is in such an early stage, cast or even potential cast have yet to even be discussed, let alone contacted.
Still, though, there are actors, like Ian McKellen for instance, that have publically stated and affirmed their participation. So why not Mortensen? Is Aragorn going to be in the bridge film or not?
“Ian is very proactive. He's been banging that drum!” Mortensen laughed. “It was a very important project to all of us and especially to him I think. He wants to make sure Gandalf is in there and in there early! I’m going to cross that bridge when I get to it.”
Make no mistake about it, though – Mortensen DOES want to go “back again,” having not changed his opinion since last year.
“Obviously,” he said. “I would rather have the chance to play that role myself since I originated it on film than have someone else do it.”
Given Mortensen’s statements, and del Toro’s own, we know that Aragorn will appear in some capacity in the bridge film. My question today is: How much? How much of a presence would you want or tolerate? Sound off below.