The New Face of Aragorn - Stuart Townsend is out. Viggo Mortensen is in.

In response to questions why Stuart Townsend was leaving the LOTR production, Cinescape is quoting Michael DeLuca (New Line Cinema President) as saying, "It's not over any other names, just director/actor creative chemistry." I think there's a little more to this story that the powers that be aren't too forthcoming about...

Additionally, Harry at Aint It Cool News is reporting that Viggo Mortensen is definitely going to take the role...

LORD OF THE RINGS: Casting.... Viggo is in!

Alright folks, here we go. I just got this absolutely 100% confirmed. Viggo Mortensen has been cast and is on board as Aragorn. I noticed quite a few people out there in Talk Back last time that didn't seem too pleased with the big vig, but if you haven't seen his Navy Seal from G.I. JANE... Then just hush. Viggo hasn't had much luck landing the great 'make ya or break ya' role... until now. This is the part where we see Viggo succeed. I'm excited. No more speculation... He's in.

As for the why... in Stuart Townsend's departure from the film, apparently Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh decided that he just wasn't going to work out for the character. Or at least that's the story hearing. Man... there has been 4 days of shooting already. Hee hee hee.... 'Frodo of the nine fingers, and the ring of doom.... how did he get nine fingers and where is the ring of doom?'

What do you guys think about this cast change? Is it for the good or bad? Speak out in the messageboard!

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