Weaving In Middle-Earth Once More

Electronic Arts today announced that Hugo Weaving will expand his involvement with The Lord of the Rings franchise as he assumes the role of lead voiceover talent in the highly anticipated sequel The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II. Additionally, acclaimed concept artist John Howe of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is on board to design entirely new creatures and locations of Middle-earth. Hugo Weaving has a successful career in film, television, and theater. He has performed in such memorable roles as Agent Smith in the Matrix trilogy and Lord Elrond in New Line Cinema’s critically acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His portrayal of Elrond, the Elven leader, is regarded by fans as one of the greatest fantasy heroes of all time. With each new film, television, or theatrical role, Weaving continues to surpass audience expectations and remains one of the most versatile performers working today.

The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II notable talent roster also includes John Howe who will lend his talent as master Middle-earth concept artist. John Howe’s role will consist primarily of designing concepts for the dragons of Middle-earth adding authentic visuals to some of the game’s cinematic environments.

“We are delighted to have Hugo Weaving as the voice of Battle for Middle-earth II. Mr. Weaving was brilliantly cast as the great Elven leader Elrond in the film trilogy and now his voice will help bring the game story and the world of Middle-earth to life for everyone who plays Battle for Middle-earth II. I am also very excited to be working with John Howe who will help us visualize key creatures within the game. Weaving was happy to reprise the role of Elrond. During his voiceover session he noted, “Generally with Lord of the Rings, no one ever really says goodbye to it because it seems that you were always coming back.I always find voice work really fascinating because you are working on one element of your make up as an actor — focusing more intently on one part of your toolbox if you like — in a way so everything seems to go into producing that vocal effect. It really isn’t just an effect, because it actually comes from a source which is a true continuation of that character.” said Mike Verdu, Executive Producer at EA Los Angeles.

As the voice of The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, Weaving will create the game’s overarching tone by guiding players in and out of each good and evil mission within the single player campaigns. Additionally, this real time strategy title will feature character likenesses of Lord Elrond, reprising his role and fighting battles never before seen in the movies.