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The 'Lord Of The Rings' Screenwriters Finally Addressed Those Nic Cage, David Bowie Casting Rumors

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Lord of the Rings writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh gave an interview at New York Comic-Con and were asked about the rumors swirling that Nicolas Cage could have been cast as Aragorn — and it turns out it was a possibility.

Boyens said:

It could well be [true]. We loved him. I remember we saw ... I can’t remember, there were a couple films that came out around that time, but he’s an amazing actor.
There was a point at which I know there was a drive for name actors in certain roles, and that may have been something more [handled by] the studio.

And what about David Bowie? Could he have been in the series? It was a possibility but it seems the studio couldn't get past his role as the Goblin King in Labyrinth. 

Walsh explained:

I don’t think the studio were that keen at that point, so we never did meet with him.
I remember that conversation. There was a little hesitancy there because Elrond and the Goblin King. I mean, you know, elves.