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Fantasy Role Attracts Star

by Rachel Grunwell

Sunday Star Times - November 14, 1999

Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett has confirmed she will be in New Zealand in June to star in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Star-Times, Blanchett said she would be in the country for six weeks to play the elf Galdriel, the wise queen of Lorien.

"I believe they will be doing something interesting with my ears," said Blanchett, who read the J R R Tolkien books when she was at school.

Blanchett said Jackson approached her to play the role in the $360 million trilogy and she accepted almost immediately. She was excited about working with Jackson and coming here for the first time.

She had heard about the beautiful landscape, but admitted she knew little else about the country.

The blonde siren, who was nominated for an Oscar and who won the Golden Globe and Bafta best actress awards for her title role in Elizabeth last year, said she almost came here last year for a holiday and to see friends.

Lead roles in Lord Of The Rings include Sir Ian McKellan as the wizard Gandalf and Elijah Wood as the young hobbit, Frodo.

Liv Tyler plays Arwen, a young elf princess who is prepared to give up her immortality for love of Aragorn, a human.

None of the stars have yet spoken about their roles because they have been hushed by contracts.

Rings publicist Claire Raskind said filming in Wellington had finished for the year and the crew had shifted to Queenstown.

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