After years of delays and false starts and directorial changes, 'The Hobbit' has shown true momentum in recent months, finally proving that this long-awaited film may actually start to exist in the near future. Not even director Peter Jackson being hospitalized can stop the train of casting news. Today, we learn that young Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan has joined the cast. Her role is not specified, but fan speculation suggests that she'll be playing the role of Itaril, an Elven warrior.

This casting has been rumored before, but this news arrives slightly hidden in an Irish Film and Television interview with 'The Hobbit''s casting director, Ros Hubbard (kudos to Coming Soon for finding it), where it's casually brought up as something that we all surely know by now. Although this casting looks highly probable, it should be noted that this is far from an official announcement; anything can change, so don't celebrate/despair quite yet.
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