The list of actors and actresses who almost starred in The Lord of the Rings trilogy is long and star-studded. From Sean Connery as Gandalf to Nicolas Cage as Aragorn, many recognizable names were in the running for starring roles in Peter Jackson‘s fantasy epic. One of the more notable cases was that of Uma Thurman, who could have played the role of Éowyn: the noblewoman turned shieldmaiden of Rohan who appears in both The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Unlike Connery, who rejected Gandalf for lack of understanding of the source material, or Jake Gyllenhaal, who lost his Frodo aspirations with a notoriously bad audition, Thurman was properly offered the role, but regrettably turned it down for nonetheless honorable purposes.
Uma Thurman was offered the role of Éowyn in the Lord of the Rings films, but she turned it down. Here’s why.