Weaving, famed by his performance as Agent Smith in the Matrix trilogy and his portrayal of Lord Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will expand his involvement in the Lord of the Rings franchise by giving his voice to The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, guiding players in and out of each good and evil mission within the single-player campaigns. The game will also feature the character likeness of Lord Elrond, fighting in battles not seen in the movies.

Also on board is acclaimed concept artist John Howe of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, who has been hired to design all new creatures and locations for the game.

"We are delighted to have Hugo Weaving as the voice of Battle for Middle-earth II," said Mike Verdu, Executive Producer at EALA. "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!"

The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is being developed at the EA Los Angeles studio and is expected in 2006.