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Kiwi Csokas to play opposite Blanchett
Dominion, March 12
winning the part of Cate Blanchett's screen husband,
former Shortland Street star Marton Csokas is about to
become the envy of men all over the world.
Csokas, a former television music presenter and the
awkward Dr Leonard Dodds on Shortland Street, is
understood to have spent the past couple of years
stage acting in Australia.
Lord of the Rings spokeswoman Claire Raskind said
yesterday that he had been chosen to play Celeborn,
King of the Elves -- the husband of Galadriel, who is
to be played by Blanchett.
New Zealand-born of Hungarian blood, Csokas graduated
from the New Zealand drama school in 1989. His
television work has also included Shark in the Park
and Roger Hall's comedy Neighbourhood Watch.
Csokas is one of the few New Zealanders to have scored
important roles in the Rings saga. Another Shortland
Street star, Craig Parker, has finished filming for a
Blanchett is not expected to arrive in Wellington for
another couple of months. She won a Golden Globe for
best actress playing the title role in Elizabeth and
stars in The Talented Mr Ripley, now showing in
Ms Raskind also confirmed yesterday the arrival in New
Zealand of Australian actors Hugo Weaving, who will
play the Elven Lord, Elrond, and Mirando Otto, who
will be Eowyn, the famed warrior of the golden-haired
horsepeople, the Rohirrim.