‘The Hobbit’ Might Lose Saoirse Ronan

The actress never officially attached to the two-part epic, but now it looks like she won’t be joining the project after all.

Saoirse Ronan probably won't be in The Hobbit
Saoirse Ronan probably won't be in The Hobbit
Saoirse Ronan might not be in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit after all, the actress recently told the Belfast Telegraph (via The One Ring):

"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."

The young actress was rumored to play Itaril, a young elf, but had yet to officially confirm her attachment to the project.

The Hobbit is currently in production in New Zealand

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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  1. MidwestPride

    @Daiagma & everyone else crying buckets: People will remember her work when they watch her films. You don't specifically remember anyone in the "LotR" - only McKellan and Wood. Turning down "The Hobbit" will NOT break her career. You have to keep it in perspective. Fan boys are overestimating on what "The Hobbit" will do for an actor. She's not playing Bilbo Baggins; it's darn cast ensemble. It's not like she's Elijah Wood who's biggest movie IS LotR since he isn't the actor like Ronan is. Her turning down The Hobbit pretty much PROVES that she has confidence in her acting talent and knows how to pick projects. Due to "Hanna" she's one of the most in demand young actresses today. Just look at the movies she's been cast in: Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (supporting), Neil Jordan's Byzantium (co-lead), and Andrew Niccol's The Host (lead).

    4 years agoby @MidwestPrideFlag

  2. Donal Gallton

    @caifa This comment speaks for itself.

    4 years agoby @Donal-GalltonFlag

  3. aoshi

    I hope like hell those "other projects" are super awesome, because turning down what's probably the most anticipated saga since The Lords of the Rings (and that's including all the Potter films) takes guts.

    4 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  4. JasonKat

    Damn u guys act like the habbit is an old star wars movie, like sum1 said below.. its prob not in her intrest. she prob wants to work on something better and something she likes, not something she will do just to get a paycheck out of.. sum1 else will take her role dont worry. Just wait and see Saoirse will b in a movie u guys will love soon. and while we'r at it, what if this movie turns out to sh*tty anyways?. like they said below, its nothing new, its old news.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  5. caifa

    what a f*cking loser... how can she turn down this epic movie for some other sh*t...man this chicks are really dumb this days... ask you yourself ronan what can it be better than the Hobbit.... a movie where you show us ur t*ts?

    4 years agoby @caifaFlag

  6. CUPID

    Wow too bad.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  7. Dan

    @k-man Completely with you dude.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. thedude-abides

    @k-man Yeah, agreed.

    Let me just expand on my point a bit. I know a lot of people are expecting great things from The Hobbit, but look at it from her perspective. It's been done 3 times over already. On top of that, the level of difficulty in trying to surpass the success of the previous trilogy would be near impossible, AND she'd be part of an ensemble cast assuming a role that would most likely be overshadowed by some of the franchise's more notable characters.

    All I'm saying is, if you're her, this may not mean what it means to everyone else. Why turn down an array of other projects in which you would be the main draw for a two-part installment of a franchise that may or may not live up to the success of its predecessors? Those aren't my feelings, I'm just speaking in terms of hypotheticals.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. K-Man

    @skywise - Are you kidding? Her star was made when she was nominated for an Academy Award at the age of thirteen! But yes, I agree.

    @dan1 - Agreed, I would do just about anything to appear in The Hobbit.......its only the prequel to the greatest film trilogy in HISTORY. Those "other projects" would have to wait.

    @thedude-abides - I see where you are coming from, and that may very well be the case, but it's THE FRIGGIN HOBBIT! There is no greater project to work on, fan or not. Besides, what projects, especially this year, would she really want to be on more than this???? Let's be real, here.

    Her career is pretty much set for the rest of her life anyway......but being in The Hobbit would all but guarantee she could be in ANY dream project for the rest of her life.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  10. Cripple

    Bummer! She would have been so great in this.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  11. Diaigma

    @thedude-abides - I should say "single" book. Best fantasy series goes to Wheel of Time, hands down. Good luck making movies from those beasts :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  12. thedude-abides

    @diaigma Really? Didn't know that.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  13. Corey W.

    @diaigma I can hardly even remember any of the Lords movies. I should probably rewatch them. lol. But, I've been anticipating The Hobbit since Return of the King. Its about damn time this is in production, really this time.

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  14. Diaigma

    @corey - exactly.

    @thedude-abides - seeing as how The Hobbit is considered the best fantasy book of all time, I'm anticipating something more special than Lords :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  15. Corey W.

    This would have been her breaking point. What people know who Saorise Ronan is other than crazy movie-goers like us?

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  16. thedude-abides

    @diaigma True. If it's anything like Lords, that will definitely be the case.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Fight for the role Saoirse. It will benefit you

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Diaigma

    @thedude-abides - I know what you mean, but at the same time, who is going to remember films like Hanna or Lovely Bones in ten years, or even the near future? The Hobbit will be timeless. She's kinda doing herself a disservice by NOT sticking with The Hobbit, fan or not.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  19. thedude-abides

    Yeah, I can't blame her for this potential decision. The Hobbit doesn't mean anything to her. She's probably not a fan like everyone else. To her it's just work. And if she's got the option to do one project she's interested in versus several she's very interested in, then it's really not that hard a decision when you look at it like that.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. Ellen128


    4 years agoby @ellen128Flag

  21. Nautical

    Thats a shame

    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  22. account-closed

    According to her she would be working on it for about a year. So what? What a odd decision.

    4 years agoby @account-closedFlag

  23. Brian

    @bojan-vucicevic Might be contracts actually....and The Hobbit has had some serious lagtime.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  24. JasonKat

    Saoirse is young and beautiful... she Can act (unlike most teens these days) she can make any movie she wants and weither its a blockbuster or not, she makes her roles fit in just right!. Hobbit or not, life goes on and on to better things,

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  25. Bojan Vucicevic

    wow, is she mental. what possibly could be better than the hobbit?

    4 years agoby @bojan-vucicevicFlag

  26. skywise

    @dan1 hell yes, just that experience would be so wonderful and the kinds of friends and bonds you can make in a year working so close together...it would be awesome but i hope this is for the best because she is a talented young actress.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  27. Brian

    Come on! Figure it out! She rules!

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  28. Dan

    If I had the chance to be in The Hobbit, I'd gladly burn a couple bridges to make it happen. Just sayin'.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. skywise

    Oh come on that could be a seriously career making movie but then again, it was probably enough just to go around telling everyone that she MIGHT be in it. Anyway after the success of Hanna i guess her star is made anywho.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

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