11:39am PT by Annie Yuan
Saoirse Ronan Hopes 'Hobbit' Role Is in the Works
Saoirse Ronan hopes there's room for her in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolien's The Hobbit.
In an interview with the LA Times, the 16-year-old Oscar-nominated actress, who starred in Jackson's 2009 film The Lovely Bones, shot down rumors that she had already been cast as an original elf character named Itaril, but said she's optimistic that she'll be offered a role in the two-part Hobbit series.
"Pete is adding a lot of characters in the film adaption," she said. "Hopefully they have a part for me."
She added that her main motivation for joining the franchise is the opportunity to work with Jackson in New Zealand again.
"It would be great to go back. I love Pete," she said, adding that she expects Jackson's take on The Hobbit to be more lighthearted than his previous Lord of the Rings films.
Ronan's next film, Focus Features' thriller Hanna, is due to hit theaters April 8.