Where are they now? The Lord of the Rings cast
Where are they now? The Lord of the Rings cast. Casting rumors and production news have been swirling over director Peter Jackson’s next trip to Middle Earth in “The Hobbit”. But what has become of the cast from the original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy? And, will any of them be returning? Click on to find out.

Andy Serkis
His portrayal of Gollum was mostly CGI, but the close resemblance and his voice was enough to creep out any viewer. Look for this character actor in a new Steven Spielberg film and a science fiction epic.
Billy Boyd
This Scottish actor and musician played the wisecracking hobbit Pippin. Lately he has been touring with his band, Beecake, and will appear in a fantasy TV show.
Cate Blanchett
The popular Australian actress has been box-office magic since her performance as Galadriel, appearing as another famous actress in “The Aviator” and starring in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Dominic Monaghan
His first large-screen role was as the hobbit Merry. Since then he has been a main character in a mega-hit TV show and has dated this co-star. Recently he played this actress’ boyfriend in a music video for Eminem.
Elijah Wood
This former child star took a step back from big-budget films and has appeared in a Jim Carrey drama , a 2005 dramedy and a biopic. He also has been busy with a new record label.
Ian McKellen
The veteran stage and screen actor has been steadily seen in films since his portrayal of Gandalf. He also has been active in campaigning for LGBT rights.
John Rhys-Davies
The British actor was well known for a certain Steven Spielberg film before playing Gimli. Since his time in Middle Earth, he has lent his powerful voice to “Risen” and the “Lord of the Rings” video games.
Liv Tyler
The daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler brought an ethereal beauty to her character, Arwen. In 2008, she was in this blockbuster flop, and she has been the face of a fashion titan since 2005. Find out whom she’s dating.
Orlando Bloom
The hunky British actor donned blond locks as Legolas. However, he made a bigger name for himself as pirate William Turner in a fantasy franchise. He recently became a father.
Peter Jackson
After another famous director dropped out, Peter Jackson, the director of the trilogy, is currently working on its latest installment, “The Hobbit,” and he’s looking for success after directing some big-budget flops like “King Kong” and “The Lovely Bones”
Sean Astin
Before appearing as hobbit Samwise Gamgee, Astin was known for playing a treasure-seeking teen and a football star. More recently he has been in guest spots on TV shows “24,” “My Name is Earl” and “Monk.”
Sean Bean
As Boromir, he was a noble commander of Gondor’s army. He’s back in fantasy action with the recent premiere of his new HBO show. Bean also has several upcoming film projects, including a war story.
Viggo Mortensen
Since his days as the hero Aragorn he has earned an Academy Award nomination for a 2007 thriller and has gone on the campaign trail for this politician. He also has collaborated with an unlikely musician on a few albums.