6 Roles Anna Kendrick Should Have Played In 'The Hobbit', Because The 'Pitch Perfect' Star Is Obsessed With 'LOTR'
Admittedly, I was late the game when it came to Anna Kendrick. The amazing actress and overall badass wasn't on my radar until her Oscar nominated performance in 2009's Up In the Air. Since then, not only have I been following Anna Kendrick's amazing career (I'm secretly a Twihard), I've also been stalking all of her interviews, appearances and most importantly her epic Twitter account. You can imagine then how over the moon I was when I got to see her and Meryl Streep in the flesh at a premiere of Into the Woods last year. Seriously, I still haven't recovered from that amazing experience. These aren't the only reasons why Anna Kendrick is my best friend in my head. Like me she is also obsessed with all things J.R.R. Tolkien. In 2010, she chatted with MTV News about her fixation. She told them them,
"I was and still am obsessed with Lord of the Rings. I do an annual marathon of the extended editions. It’s hard-core."
I'd hoped after this revelation that Anna Kendrick would snag a role in any of the three Hobbit films. Unfortunately, this never came to fruition. The Hobbit is an extremely male-dominated story almost entirely void of women. Still, there were female characters in the books that could have definitely been in the film and Anna Kendrick would have played the heck out of any of them. Can you imagine how amazing Kendrick would have been as a citizen of Middle Earth? Here are six characters she could have played in The Hobbit films.
1. Gollum's Grandmother
Gollum is one of my favorite characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In The Hobbit, Gollum remembered living with his grandmother years ago in a hole in the bank by the river where they stole eggs from nests nearby. Though it would have been a smaller role in the film, Gollum's history is pivotal to the entire story.
2. Belladonna Took
Belladonna was Bilbo Baggins' mother. She gave birth to Bilbo when she was 38 years old and was said to have had numerous adventures before Bilbo's birth. In The Hobbit, Gandalf remembers her fondly. I would have loved to learn more about her adventures since she was definitely a remarkable woman.
Lobelia Bilbo's first cousin through marriage in The Hobbit. Though she was never popular because of her greedy desires, she was one of the first to speak out and stand against Saruman. She went as far as to even attacking him with her umbrella. I would say she was pretty badass for that action alone, especially since it landed her in jail.
4. The Spider
I love female villains, they are always super epic. In The Hobbit, Bilbo and the dwarfs come across a spider that attacks them in the woods and she happens to be a female spider. Though it may have been a stretch for Anna Kendrick to play a spider, she could have helped give the creature more human characteristics. Andy Serkis did something similar when he portrayed the creature Gollum.
Dís is the only female dwarf mentioned in The Hobbit, and is the mother of Fili and Kili. Dwarf women are especially cool because even though they are only one-third of the dwarf population, they are so similar to dwarf-men that other species can't tell the difference. Kendrick would have been amazing in the role.
6. Girion of Dale's Wife
Girion was the Lord of Dale who wore a necklace of 400 emeralds. He was killed when the Dragon arrived in Dale and slaughtered him. His wife (who is sadly unnamed) escaped. 171 years later his descendent Bard took revenge and killed the Dragon recovering Girion's emerald necklace. There is so much we need to know about Girion's wife because without her there would be no Bard.
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