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Lee Pace cast in 'The Hobbit.' Our hopes for his comeback grow

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It looks like the part of me that’s been hoping to see Lee Pace back on TV soon might be waiting quite a while. This weekend, Peter Jackson announced via Facebook that the Pushing Daisies alum had been cast as Elven King Thranduil in The Hobbit. ”Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil,” Jackson wrote. “We loved his performance in a movie called The Fall a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since.”

The news comes on the heels of Pace’s Broadway debut in The Normal Heart last week and his completion on the Breaking Dawn movies, where he plays Edward’s vampire BFF Garrett.

It’s great to see Pace booking jobs in both film and theater, but am I selfish for wanting an amazing TV gig to come along for him? Probably. And in recognition of this, I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to seeing his work on both of these franchises. That said, whenever you’re ready to come home to TV, Lee, we’ll be waiting.

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Read more:
‘The Hobbit’: Peter Jackson returns to Bag End in new Facebook video
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‘The Hobbit’: The cast speaks

Originally posted May 2 2011 — 1:47 PM EDT

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