Viggo has talked before about the negative impact excessive travel was having on his health. Now it seems like he’s taking it even more seriously. While it doesn’t sound like he’s calling it quits forever, he does seem determined to take some sort of extended break. His schedule is, after he’s done promoting The Road, mostly empty. So that might not seem like a problem, unless of you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings.
Though he’s not yet officially involved, Viggo was supposed to reprise his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming series of movies based in part on The Hobbit. Some time in the next few months they’re actually going to start shooting in New Zealand.
The good news here is that Aragorn probably won’t show up until the second of Guillermo del Toro’s new Lord of the Rings movies. That could give Viggo the time he needs to recharge his batteries.
Aragorn does not appear in JRR Tolkien's original novel The Hobbit. However, Del Toro's Middle Earth movies may incorporate material not found in the books, including material from different eras which could allow them to involve familiar characters like Aragorn. On the other hand, it's far from written in stone and even Del Toro has kicked around several different ideas for how to handle the movies. Bottom line, no one's entirely certain what they'll be about yet. I only hope Mortensen will be rested up by then and back in the saddle as Aragorn. Middle Earth just wouldn’t be the same with a replacement Aragorn!
Mortensen is currently at TIFF promoting his latest movie The Road.
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