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Will Viggo Mortensen play Aragorn again for the new Lord of the Rings movie?

Published: July 2, 2024

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Will Viggo Mortensen return as Aragorn in the new LORD OF THE RINGS movie?

By Movieguide® Contributor

“LORD OF THE RINGS” star Viggo Mortensen reveals whether he plans to return for “The Hunt for Gollum” or not.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mortensen, who played Aragorn in the original trilogy, revealed what would enable him to return.

“I haven't read a script, so I don't know,” he said. “The script is the most important thing to me, unless I'm broke, have no money and am happy to get a job at all. So it depends.”

In May, Mortensen discussed what it would look like for him to resume his role at GQ.

GQ asked Mortensen: “When THE HOBBIT was first announced, you said you would return to play Aragorn if the story was right and the character actually did something. With the recently announced THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM, which is about Aragorn, would you consider returning?”

Mortensen replied: “Sure. I don't know the story exactly, I haven't heard it yet. Maybe I'll hear about it sometime. I like playing this character. I learned a lot from it. I had a lot of fun. I would only do it if I was suitable for it in terms of my current age and so on. I would only do it if I was suitable for the character. It would be stupid to do it otherwise.”

Variety recently reported on THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM:

The project is currently in the early stages of script development by writers Walsh and Boyens, along with Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou, and will “explore stories that have yet to be told,” Zaslav said.

Studio heads Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy said in a press release: “For over two decades, moviegoers have been thrilled by THE LORD OF THE RINGS film trilogy because of Peter, Fran and Philippa's undeniable devotion to preserving the legacy of Tolkien's works and ensuring that audiences can experience the incredible world he created in a way that does justice to his literary vision.

“We are honored that they have agreed to be our partners on these two new films,” they continued. “With Andy joining as director of 'LORD OF THE RINGS: THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM,' we continue our important commitment to excellence, which is a true hallmark of how we all want to move forward and continue to contribute to the Lord of the Rings cinematic story.”

Movieguide® has already reported whether Ian McKellan, who played Gandalf, will return:

Ian McKellen, known for his majestic white beard and remarkable wisdom in his portrayal of Gandalf in LORD OF THE RINGS, announced that he would be open to taking part in the upcoming sequel.

Speaking to THE TIMES, the 85-year-old actor was asked if he would like to return as Gandalf. “I haven't shaved in months,” he said, referring to his character's beard.

“I like playing this character. I learned a lot from it. I had a lot of fun. I would only do it if I was suitable for it in terms of my current age etc. It would be stupid to do it any other way,” he said.

“There is no script, no offer, no plan,” he confirmed, adding that he would return “if I am still alive.”