Actor confirmed to reprise his role; Saoirse Ronan reveals she will not be appearing.

Hugo Weaving has long been rumoured to be reprising his role of Elrond for Peter Jackson’s two movie adaptation of ‘The Hobbit.’ Now, via his official blog, Ian McKellen has confirmed that Weaving will appear in the movie:

“Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit. This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact. Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. No worries: he’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.”

Talking to Belfast Telegraph, Saoirse Ronan confirmed that she would not be appearing in ‘The Hobbit.’

“It’s probably not going to work out with The Hobbit unfortunately. Because I would have been working for about a year on it and there were other projects that I was very interested in, but Pete and [his producer wife] Fran have been very good about it and very understanding. I’ll have to just go back down to New Zealand for a holiday and hang out with the hobbits.”