'The Lord of the Rings': Where Is The Cast Today?
The first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001. Now, 17 years have passed and we'll show you how much the actors have changed since then!
This picture is solid evidence of how beautiful Liv Tyler looked during the shoot of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of the trilogy. Fun fact: Liv had never read any of the books when she was approached to appear in the film. She quickly studied up on Middle-earth lore, to the extent of even learning some Elvish.
Viggo Mortensen plays the handsome human "Aragorn", chief of the Rangers of the North. He first introduces himself to the Hobbits as "Strider", keeping his real identity and lineage a secret. He is madly in love with the beautiful "Arwen" (Liv Tyler) but can’t be with her until he has taken his rightful place as the King of Gondor.
The Lord of the Rings made Elijah Wood into one of the most popular actors today. As "Frodo" he displayed his huge talent throughout all three movies - and convinced both the fans and the critics. Fun fact: Director Peter Jackson gave one of the rings used in the movies to both Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis as a gift when the shoot was finished. They both thought they had the only one.
When Orlando Bloom first played the character of the kind-hearted elf "Legolas", who is amazingly skilled with bow and arrow, he was only 24 years old. He had originally auditioned for the part of "Faramir" but director Peter Jackson thought Bloom would make a better elf. In the meantime, the handsome actor has – naturally – grown up quite a bit…
Sir Ian McKellen played the role of the wise and powerful wizard "Gandalf the Grey” (who later becomes "Gandalf the White") in both The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies. Fun fact: Sir Ian originally declined the role of "Gandalf" due to scheduling conflicts with an X-Men film. Thankfully, he managed to be part of the cast after all!
For the second and third The Lord of the Rings films, David Wenham played the role of "Faramir", "Boromir’s" younger brother, who also hails from Gondor and becomes Captain of the White Tower upon his brother’s death.
After the success of the The Lord of the Rings films, David constantly worked as an actor on productions for both the big and the small screen. In 2014, he appeared on 300: Rise of an Empire and in 2016 he was part of the cast of the Oscar-nominated film Lion alongside Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.
Throughout the second and the third films of the franchise, Australian actress Miranda Otto played "Éowyn”, sister to "Éomer" and the niece of King "Theoden" of Rohan, who raised her after her parents’ untimely death. Fun fact: Uma Thurman was also in consideration for the role!
Miranda Otto had a child in 2005 and ever since tried to reduce her work so she could spend time with her family at their home in Australia. Her most prominent roles after The Lord of the Rings include a part in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and the 2014 Indie The Homesman with Tommy Lee Jones. For the fifth season of Showtime’s Homeland, she portrayed the CIA’s Berlin station chief "Allison Carr".
The late Sir Christopher Lee (†2015) portrayed the evil and power-hungry wizard "Saruman", Lord of Isengard and Chief of the White Council, in all three The Lord of the Rings films. He was also part of the Star Wars franchise when he played "Count Dooku" in the second and third films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy in 2002 and 2005.