"The company in question has received a preliminary 'potential' cast list of the films so that they can begin voice casting for the games and preliminary facial modelling. Now this cast list is NOT NECESSARILY the cast of the films, or even necessarily the actors New Line is considering.
"It's a list made so that the voice department can find actors who sound reasonably similar to those on the list and so that the 3D modellers can have a reference for their art.
"Note that even if these will not be the actors that end up in the films, New Line is at least reasonably confident that they're the 'types' their looking for, since the game voices/art will be using their likenesses as references. (I say 'as a reference', because the perfect imitation/likeness can't be used legally unless it's authorized by the actor or comes w/the LOTR license.)
"Anyway... now the good stuff. Hold on to your hats and underwear ladies and gentlemen, because some of these are un-f@!#$n-believable...
"(note: my friend told me that some roles had more than one name next to them, which leads me to believe even more that this is just a list of potentials rather than people actually cast)
* The Fellowship:
GANDALF -- AL PACINO (!!!!)
FRODO -- ELIJAH WOOD
STRIDER -- DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, RUPERT EVERETT
BOROMIR -- BRUCE WILLIS, LIAM NEESON
LEGOLAS -- JUDE LAW
SARUMAN -- SEAN CONNERY
DENETHOR -- HARVEY KEITEL/PATRICK STEWART
THEODEN -- PATRICK STEWART/HARVEY KEITEL
(My friend couldn't remember which was which of the 2 above.)
... and that's all my friend told me...
"On the whole... wow! Much more star power than anyone thought! I guess they'll be taking pay cuts for LOTR (or so New Line better hope) ! And finally I heard of something that makes sense for Connery. This explains all the vague LOTR hints and Gandalf-denials his camp has been giving." [Scooped by 'Gwaihir', who owns the only shop in the Elf land of Rivendell where they can rent PlayStations and games.]