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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
 Who was considered for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring?

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey auditioned for the part of Gimli the dwarf.
Actor who got the part: John Rhys-Davies

Orlando Bloom
Orlando originally tried out for the part of Faramir. Instead, he was cast as Legolas.
Actor who got the part: David Wenham

David Bowie
Bowie was reportedly interested in playing the role of Elrond (Elf Lord).
Actor who got the part: Hugo Weaving

Sean Connery
Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf. He said in an interview that he "didn't understand it" and therefore didn't want to spend 18 months on the project.
Actor who got the part: Ian McKellen

Russell Crowe
Crowe supposedly turned down the role of Aragon because 3 movies was too big of a commitment. He did A Beautiful Mind instead.
Actor who got the part: Vigo Mortensen

Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis was repeatedly offered the role of Aragorn.

Jake Gyllenhaal
According to IMDb, Jake Gyllenhaal auditionned for the role of Frodo.
Actor who got the part: Elijah Wood

Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich was considered for the role of Arwen.
Actor who got the part: Liv Tyler

Patrick McGoohan
McGoohan was offered the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings.
Actor who got the part: Sir Ian McKellim

Keanu Reeves
Keanu told Australian-based RipItUp magazine that he wanted to play the part of Aragorn.
Actor who got the part: Viggo Mortensen

Uma Thurman
Peter Jackson wanted to cast Thurman as Arwen, but the actress pulled out due to pregnancy, and was replaced with Liv Tyler.
Actor who got the part: Liv Tyler

Stuart Townsend
Stuart Townsend was actually cast as Aragorn and started shooting. Peter Jackson recast with Viggo Mortensen when he felt Stuart Townsend was too young for the role.
Actor who got the part: Viggo Mortensen

Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson's availibility was checked for an unspecified role, but he did not want to be away from his family for the 18 months of filming.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon was originally considered for the role of Arwen.
Actor who got the part: Liv Tyler



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