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Fellowship of the Ring: Recasting 21 Lord of the Rings characters in 2021

Is it time for a reboot?

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Peter Jackson’s first installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy premiered in theaters on December 19, 2001.

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Fans, new and old, were blown away by the fantasy epic, thanks in part to its incredible cast.

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With much respect for the Fellowship of the Ring’s original cast, here is how we would recast the movie if rebooted, featuring 21 of today’s most talented actors.

21. Idris Elba is...

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... Haldir, originally played by Craig Parker in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

20. Jeff Goldblum as...

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... Denethor, played by John Noble in The Two Towers and Return of the King. While Denethor was not originally in Fellowship, the remake could add him to the cast.

19. Rory McCann as...

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... the Ringwraiths. Andy Serkis voiced Khamûl, a Ringwraith, in The Fellowship of the Ring.

18. Brie Larson...

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... Éowen, played by Miranda Otto in the original trilogy.

17. Bryan Cranston as...

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... Théoden. Played by Bernard Hill, he didn’t appear in Jackson’s Fellowship but was featured in Two Towers and Return of the King. Théoden could well appear in a remake, however.

16. Patton Oswalt is...

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... Bilbo Baggins, first played by Sir Ian Holm in the original trilogy...

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...but many are familiar with Martin Freeman’s performance as Bilbo in the Hobbit trilogy.

15. Jeremy Irons is...

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... Saruman, played by Christopher Lee in the original trilogy.

14. Kevin Hart as...

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... Gollum/Sméagol, famously played by Andy Serkis in The Lord of the Rings.

13. Zendaya as...

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... Galadriel, originally played by Cate Blanchett.

12. Paul Bettany is...

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... Elrond, played by Hugo Weaving in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

11. Selena Gomez as...

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... Arwen, originally played by Liv Tyler.

10. Kieran Culkin as...

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... Pippin, played by Billy Boyd in Jackson’s trilogy.

9. Harry Styles as...

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... Legolas. Orlando Bloom performed the role in the original trilogy.

8. Peter Dinklage as...

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... Gimli, originally played by John Rhys-Davies.

7. Pierce Brosnan as...

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... Gandalf, played by Sir Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

6. Gaten Matarazzo as...

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... Samwise, played by Sean Astin in the original trilogy.

5. Lucas Hedges as...

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... Merry, played by Dominic Monaghan in Peter Jackson’s Lord to the Rings trilogy.

4. Dan Stevens...

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... Faramir, originally played by David Wenham.

3. Tom Hiddleston as...

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... Boromir, played by Sean Bean in the original trilogy.

2. Michael B. Jordan as...

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... Aragorn, played by Viggo Mortensen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

1. Taron Egerton as...

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... Frodo, originally played by Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is now streaming on HBO Max.