that of Peter Jackson the Lord of the Rings The trilogy is known for its epic battles and giant reach, but another aspect that helps make these films great is the cast. With a talented cast of actors, the beloved and iconic characters of Middle-earth have come to life.
However, aside from some key female characters like Galadriel and Eowyn, the cast was largely made up of male actors. While these actors fill the roles well, it’s interesting to consider how the film and its characters might differ if it were a cast of actresses playing the lead roles.
ten Gollum: Tatiana Maslany
Gollum (Andy Serkis) is perhaps the most complex character in the the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Poisoned by the curse of the ring, Gollum becomes a miserable creature divided into conflicting personalities. One seeks to find kindness and happiness while the other expresses his most violent and cruel thoughts.
It takes a real chameleon actor to be successful a character like Gollum and Talia Maslany is certainly up to the task. His prominent role in Black orphan had him play several characters with very different personalities, but each one feeling like a separate and developed creation.
9 Boromir: Lena Headey
Boromir (Sean Bean) is another character who isn’t quite what he seems at first glance. He was the brotherhood member who seemed most likely to betray the group. However, he found redemption and revealed himself to be a hero as well as being one of the most tragic members of the brotherhood.
Sean bean Game Of Thrones Co-star Lena Headey has proven how effective she can be at playing villains. But while her performance as Cersei Lannister is quite devilish, Headey was also able to make audiences feel bad for Cersei at times, which was quite an accomplishment.
8 Pip: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
In many ways, Pippin (Billy Boyd) would seem like the most useless member of the fraternity. He seems more preoccupied with the food than the mission at hand, and he constantly does silly things to make matters worse. However, he also proves that he can stand up for what he believes in when needed.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan became a star with her lead role in I have never. She plays Devi, a young girl struggling with endless drama in her life. But while Devi has a tendency to make bad situations worse, she is also a strong and determined person.
7 Merry: Devery Jacobs
Another interesting member of the fraternity who proves himself along the way is Merry (Dominic Monaghan). Although he is not initially a very serious young hobbit, his bravery grows throughout the quest as he wants to do his part to defeat the forces of evil.
Devery Jacobs recently made a name for himself on the excellent series Dogs Reservation. She plays another member of a tight-knit team who can play the idiot like everyone else but has a more serious side where she wants to get things done.
6 Gimli: Michelle Rodriguez
Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) may not sound like a great team player, but he ends up being an invaluable member of the fraternity. His cranky demeanor helps make him a fun comedic relief character, but he’s also always up for a fight.
Michelle Rodriguez made her career playing intense badass roles like Letty in the Fast and furious franchise. She would be a perfect fit for the surly Gimli who loves battle and cares about the team even if she doesn’t show it all the time.
5 Legolas: Zoe Saldana
Legolas (Orlando Bloom) quickly became a fan favorite of the trilogy as perhaps the best warrior in the community. He is a stoic, serious elf who retains confidence and grace even in the midst of battle.
Zoe Saldana has been at the center of some of the greatest movies of all time and she always brings a graceful energy to her powerful roles as a warrior. With roles like Gamora, it’s clear that Saldana can play the effective soldier who’s always cool under pressure.
4 Gandalf: Michelle Yeoh
While each member of the fellowship serves their own purpose, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is the glue that holds them all together. Not only are they guided by his powerful wizarding abilities, but also by his wisdom and leadership.
Michelle Yeoh is an actress who brings an imposing presence to every role. She excels at playing the type of characters who are powerful on their own, but can also help guide less experienced characters, like her recent role in Shang-Chi.
3 Sam: Nicola Coughlan
Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) might not be a great warrior or a mighty wizard, but he might be the greatest hero of the the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although he prefers to be at home in the Shire, Sam is the one who leads Frodo on his mission, showing tremendous bravery along the way.
Nicola Coughlan is best known for her roles in Derry Girls and Bridgerton. She excels at playing those loyal, compassionate friends who might be overlooked by others but who show they have more strength than anyone else.
2 Frodo: Thomasin McKenzie
Frodo (Elijah Wood) is the reluctant protagonist of the story, pushed out of his comfortable life and loaded with incredible responsibility. The audience feels for Frodo because he is gentle and kind as well as terrified of the situation he finds himself in.
Thomasin McKenzie has tremendous silent intensity in many of her performances, from Bunny Jojo recent Last night in Soho. She can effectively play those vulnerable but strong characters that audiences can easily root for.
1 Aragorn: Danai Gurira
Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) is perhaps the most popular character in the Lord of the Rings and his journey is at the heart of the world of this story. He is a skillful and fearless warrior who does not hesitate to rush into battle. He is also someone who can become a leader when needed.
Danai Gurira played a number of inspirational heroes like Michonne in The walking dead and Okoye in the MCU. She’s a very convincing warrior, but she’s also someone people are ready to support and follow in battle.
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