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Cate Blanchett: 'I never expected The Hobbit role'

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Cate Blanchett has said that she never expected to appear in the Hobbit trilogy.

The actress reprises her Lord of the Rings character Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, despite the fact that the Elf does not appear in the book.

'The Hobbit' character posters: Galadriel


In an interview with Flicks and Bits, Blanchett declared that she was thrilled to work with director Peter Jackson again.

"I had no expectation that there would be anything more after the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought that was sort of the end of the journey - and my time on that trilogy was all too brief," the star explained.

"I was there for three or four weeks, even though they shot for such a long time, I was only there for that amount of time."

Blanchett added that it came as a tremendous relief when her return for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was confirmed by Jackson.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' still


"I kept getting the answer that Peter doesn't know yet, because of course Galadriel doesn't appear much in The Hobbit book, so I was hoping against hope," she commented. "And then when I got word that, in fact, she was going to be in a small section of it I was over the moon.

"It was a little bit like returning to summer camp, in that so many of the people that were a part of the first journey are a part of this journey. It's an amazing thing to be able to return to something that begun 12 years ago."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's cast also includes Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Sylvester McCoy.

Jackson's film is released on December 13 in the UK, and December 14 in the US.

Watch the trailer below:


Photo Gallery: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

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