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The rumour that Persbrandt would have a role in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films first appeared in Swedish magazine Aftonbladet on 3 December 2010. On 7 December 2010 it was officially announced that Persbrandt had been cast and that he will portray the character of Beorn.
Persbrandt mentioned in an interview that he was a "fantasy geek" as a child, having read all the books by Tolkien.
- ↑ "Han är klar - för the Hobbit" at Aftonbladet.se (accessed 8 December 2010)
- ↑ UPDATE: Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt cast in ‘The Hobbit’? at TheOneRing.net (accessed 8 December 2010)
- ↑ TORN EXCLUSIVE: CATE BLANCHETT, KEN STOTT, SYLVESTER MCCOY, MIKAEL PERSBRANDT JOIN CAST OF PETER JACKSON’S “THE HOBBIT” at TheOneRing.net (accessed 8 December 2010)
- ↑ "Persbrandt i Guillous hemliga tjänst" (24 February 2011) at Svenska Dagbladet (accessed 26 February 2011)