It’s always exciting to catch wind of a new Hugo Weaving project. From his astounding performance as Elrond in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy to his memorable turn as Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, the venerable actor has elevated several big-name franchises and eaten up every second of his time in those roles. Now, he has signed on for a brand-new series, one that should absolutely excite his fans even as it adds a new experience to his already impressive resume.
According to Deadline, Hugo Weaving is joining The Tourist, an upcoming HBO Max thriller series. Jamie Dornan is leading the cast, which also includes Weaving, Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’), and Shalom Brune-Franklin (Line of Duty) in prominent roles. The series centers around a British man who, after being attacked in the Australian outback, awakens with no memory of who he is. Dangerous people from his past begin to close in, driving him back into the relentless environment that almost claimed him. Sounds intense, right?
According to Deadline’s initial report, Hugo Weaving signed on to play Agent Lachlan Rogers, a respected Australian detective entangled in the main character’s fight to survive. It will be interesting to see Weaving in this kind of role because he is interesting in every part he plays. Let’s just see how far out of the park he ends up hitting it. I would have guessed that he would be playing one of the villains (because he plays amazing baddies), but hey, he could sell the detective part just as effectively. Heck, he still might be a villain! Fingers crossed, honestly.
And no, this project does not appear to be related to the abysmal 2010 Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie film The Tourist, although they honestly had me fooled when I first read Deadline’s news. Hugo Weaving’s addition to the cast already makes the series better than that film, which isn’t a high bar but it is one I’m glad it cleared.
From a timeline perspective, it doesn’t look like Hugo Weaving’s Elrond will show up in that new (but for now, only rumored) Lord of the Rings movie. That film reportedly focuses on events that happened even before Elrond was around, indicating that Weaving likely won’t be part of it. Who knows, though? Warner Bros. basically rewrote Azog the Defiler’s entire history and shoehorned him into The Hobbit movies. Anything is possible after that kind of narrative tampering.
In addition to his aforementioned roles in The Lord of the Rings and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hugo Weaving has appeared in big-budget movies such as Mortal Engines, The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas, and Michael Bay’s live-action Transformers franchise. In terms of his contributions to television, he appeared as cricketer Douglas Jardine in 1984’s Bodyline series, as well as in a number of roles stretching from the early 1980s into the late 2010s.
Thoughts on this latest casting news? Let us know and stay tuned for updates on Hugo Weaving’s latest project! It sounds like it is going to be great.