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  • Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
    By Dade Hayes HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Cate Blanchett, Oscar-nominated this year for ``Elizabeth, has joined the cast of New Line s ``Lord of the Rings.
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      By Dade Hayes

      HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Cate Blanchett, Oscar-nominated this year for
      ``Elizabeth,'' has joined the cast of New Line's ``Lord of
      the Rings.'' Shooting begins Monday in New Zealand.

      Blanchett, who will play Galadriel, elf queen of Lorien, joins cast members
      Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen,
      Christopher Lee and John Rhys-Davies.

      New Line maintains the shoot will break new ground with three features shooting
      at one time in an integrated fashion. The budget
      is said to be at least $130 million.

      The pictures are based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel trilogy. Houghton
      Mifflin is publishing a new paperback edition to
      coincide with the start of shooting, and a limited-edition boxed set of
      hard-cover tomes also is due.

      Peter Jackson (``Heavenly Creatures'') is directing from a script he co-wrote
      with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Stephen
      Sinclair.

      Reuters/Variety
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