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Hugo Weaving Climbs Aboard Peter Jackson’s Fantasy Epic Mortal Engines

13 April 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From Middle-earth to Mortal Engines, former Lord of the Rings star Hugo Weaving has inked a deal to climb aboard Peter Jackson’s long-in-development adaptation.

Per Variety, this marks the pair’s first collaboration since orchestrating The Battle of the Five Armies three years ago, when Weaving played the iconic role of Elrond. And though his role in Mortal Engines is yet to be confirmed – sources close to Variety claim he’ll play Valentine, head of the Historians – securing Hugo Weaving’s services is certainly a massive coup for Universal’s wildly ambitious adaptation. Lifted from the pages of Philip Reeves’s four-part steampunk series, we know that the studio has already appointed Christian Rivers at the helm, who will direct a script from Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Set thousand of years in the future, Mortal Engines follows the remnants of humanity as they roam the ravaged landscape aboard huge, »

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Newswire: Peter Jackson to re-team with his old elf-bro, Hugo Weaving

12 April 2017 6:27 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Peter Jackson and his long-time elf accomplice Hugo Weaving are teaming back up, with Variety reporting that Weaving has joined the cast of Jackson’s Mortal Engines. Based on a series of novels by Philip Reeves, the film is being written by Jackson and his long-time writing partners, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, with Lord Of The Rings visuals vet Christian Rivers set to direct.

Outside his periodic Middle-earthen duties—last enacted in 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies—Weaving recently appeared in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, playing the father to Andrew Garfield’s determined combat medic. Now he’ll be stepping into Reeves’ far-futuristic world, where society exists on the back of giant, mobile cities. There’s no word yet on what sort of part Weaving will play, but if we’re being honest, it’s pretty much a 50/50 call between “stern ...


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Hugo Weaving Reteams With Peter Jackson on ‘Mortal Engines’ (Exclusive)

12 April 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After tackling the realm of Middle Earth, Hugo Weaving looks to enter another fantasy world, reteaming with his “Lord of the Rings” director.

Sources tell Variety that Weaving has joined the cast of Universal and MRC’s adaptation of “Mortal Engines,” which Peter Jackson is writing and producing.

Hera Hilmar, Robbie Sheehan, Ronan Rafterty, and Stephen Lang are also on board.

Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will co-write the film with Christian Rivers directing. MRC and Universal are co-financing the movie, with Universal also serving as worldwide distributor.

Jackson and Walsh have been involved with the project for several years, having optioned the rights of the Philip Reeves book from Scholastic in 2001. Ken Kamins — Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens’ longtime manager — brought the project to MRC.

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