In the late '90s, Jackson was pitching "The Lord of the Rings" films to Miramax, the company Weinstein founded with his brother Bob. "I recall Miramax telling us [Judd and Sorvino] were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998," Jackson told New Zealand site Stuff.
"At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us, but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing," Jackson said. "I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women, and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list."
Jackson said that the Weinsteins were the real nightmares. "My experience, when Miramax controlled the 'Lord of the Rings' (before New Line took over production), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with, so I haven't," he said.
Judd responded to the story with a tweet saying, "I remember this well."
I remember this well. https://t.co/wctEhESAS9— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
Judd later shared a more detailed tweet about how far along in the process she had been when she "abruptly never heard [them] again." She would have presumably have played either Arwen or Galadriel.
Peter & Fran had me in - showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter. https://t.co/iXKuK6Xqtx— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
Sorvino tweeted, "Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure... I'm just heartsick."
Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I'm just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017
In 1996, Judd and Sorvino played Marilyn Monroe in different stages of her life in the TV movie "Norma Jean & Marilyn." Sorvino won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 1995's "Mighty Aphrodite."