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Christopher Lee is the latest of the original Lord of the Rings cast to join The Hobbit

Jan. 12, 2011by:
THE HOBBIT is truly shaping up to be a high school reunion of sorts for the old LORD OF THE RINGS gang. Thus far we've got Elijah Wood reprising the role of Frodo Baggins, Ian McKellan back as Gandalf the Grey, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Then there's still the possibility that Orlando Bloom will return as Elven hunk Legolas, and even the magnificent Ian Holm as an older Bilbo Baggins? Man, what I wouldn't give to read this film's script.

Anyway, it seems we can now add one more to the list of those Peter Jackson is reuniting. Via his own official website, it's been confirmed that Christopher Lee will return to once again don the white robes of the wizard Saruman. The slight caveat, though, appears to be that Lee will only star in the film if he's in good enough health when the time comes to shoot (note that the actor is currently 88 years old).

"Slowly but surely, Peter Jackson has managed to secure the return of the majority of the major stars from The Lord of the Rings franchise for his soon to be shooting prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit.

Sir. Christopher Lee had been in talks to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman and it now looks certain, providing that he is in good health, that he will be appearing in the movie."


THE HOBBIT is scheduled to begin filming next month, with the first film set to be released sometime in December of 2012.
Extra Tidbit: Lee released a metal album last year called "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross" in which the one-time Dracula both sings and narrates while backed by a hundred-piece orchestra and two metal bands. No joke.

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9:51PM on 01/12/2011

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If everyone wants to stop bitching for a few minutes about "but they aren't in the Hobbit" and reads the appendix in LOTR, they'll see where some of these characters fit in.

It's easy and a great read...so do it.
If everyone wants to stop bitching for a few minutes about "but they aren't in the Hobbit" and reads the appendix in LOTR, they'll see where some of these characters fit in.

It's easy and a great read...so do it.
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12:04PM on 01/12/2011
Let's hope they film this thing quickly so Lee gets to film all his necessary scenes. I don't understand why The Hobbit is being split into two movies, but at this point I don't even care.
Let's hope they film this thing quickly so Lee gets to film all his necessary scenes. I don't understand why The Hobbit is being split into two movies, but at this point I don't even care.
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1:52PM on 01/12/2011
Is everyone not clear that they are doing the Hobbit AND all the important events taking place between it and Fellowship?
Is everyone not clear that they are doing the Hobbit AND all the important events taking place between it and Fellowship?
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10:24AM on 01/12/2011

Eh, hem...

I don't mean to piss on the parade, but, is it me, or is this thing turning into an Episode 1 fiasco?
I mean, shoe-horning beloved characters into a prequel for recognition factors? Am I alone in thinking that every old character that signs up (that isn't in THE HOBBIT book) is being played for the wrong reasons?
***sweat drops
I don't mean to piss on the parade, but, is it me, or is this thing turning into an Episode 1 fiasco?
I mean, shoe-horning beloved characters into a prequel for recognition factors? Am I alone in thinking that every old character that signs up (that isn't in THE HOBBIT book) is being played for the wrong reasons?
***sweat drops
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1:51PM on 01/12/2011
There's plenty of room for all the characters involved in the two movies.
There's plenty of room for all the characters involved in the two movies.
2:29PM on 01/12/2011
It's you. Peter Jackson's not only making the Hobbit, which features Gandalf, Bilbo and possibly Legolas (part of the action takes place in his father's hall), but the 2nd movie links The Hobbit to LoTR, with a lot of the action implied in the first book (the meetings of the White Council, taking on the Wizard of Dul Guldur, etc.). So it makes sense that a lot of these characters will show up.
It's you. Peter Jackson's not only making the Hobbit, which features Gandalf, Bilbo and possibly Legolas (part of the action takes place in his father's hall), but the 2nd movie links The Hobbit to LoTR, with a lot of the action implied in the first book (the meetings of the White Council, taking on the Wizard of Dul Guldur, etc.). So it makes sense that a lot of these characters will show up.
9:57AM on 01/12/2011
Love Chris Lee. Great gravelly voice and acting all these -decades!-. Better shoot his scenes first, can't replace him.
Love Chris Lee. Great gravelly voice and acting all these -decades!-. Better shoot his scenes first, can't replace him.
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8:36AM on 01/12/2011
Awesome! I figured he might still be too ticked off for his cut scenes in LOTR. Just awesome news!
Awesome! I figured he might still be too ticked off for his cut scenes in LOTR. Just awesome news!
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7:58AM on 01/12/2011
That's a relief, he's pretty unreplaceable. Hope he stays strong! Only problem, who could possibly top his voice to play Smaug?
That's a relief, he's pretty unreplaceable. Hope he stays strong! Only problem, who could possibly top his voice to play Smaug?
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8:35AM on 01/12/2011
Tom Waits
Tom Waits
9:26AM on 01/12/2011
Ha, good one! I imagine they will go with a brit like Bill Nighy or Ian McShane.
Ha, good one! I imagine they will go with a brit like Bill Nighy or Ian McShane.
9:55AM on 01/12/2011
I don't know. There have been plenty of Americans so far. Go back and listen to Waits in B.S.'s Dracula. McShane would be awesome too . . .
I don't know. There have been plenty of Americans so far. Go back and listen to Waits in B.S.'s Dracula. McShane would be awesome too . . .
7:43AM on 01/12/2011

YES Saruman makes sense...

There are a few places he could be in this story, but the most obvious is during the time that Gandalf abandons Bilbo and the Dwarves at Mirkwood, he travels to Saruman's tower of Orthanc where the White Council meets (including Saruman the White) and they go into south Mirkwood and drive "The Necromancer" (aka Sauron) out of Dol Goldur.
There are a few places he could be in this story, but the most obvious is during the time that Gandalf abandons Bilbo and the Dwarves at Mirkwood, he travels to Saruman's tower of Orthanc where the White Council meets (including Saruman the White) and they go into south Mirkwood and drive "The Necromancer" (aka Sauron) out of Dol Goldur.
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6:09AM on 01/12/2011

extra tidbit: seriously? and at age 87 to boot. Awesome!

This is cool news, but was Saruman in the Hobbit? Well even if he wasn't this is still really cool! What about Samwise?
This is cool news, but was Saruman in the Hobbit? Well even if he wasn't this is still really cool! What about Samwise?
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9:05AM on 01/12/2011
They could add him to the Hobbit, to show everything chronologically. If not, then he'd HAVE to be in that 2nd film.
They could add him to the Hobbit, to show everything chronologically. If not, then he'd HAVE to be in that 2nd film.
6:00AM on 01/12/2011

one ring

Ace i hope they do this well as it was my fave book on the series.

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Ace i hope they do this well as it was my fave book on the series.

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4:43AM on 01/12/2011
Awesome, Lee is a legend! Hope they film his scenes first, in case he decides to die! :/
Awesome, Lee is a legend! Hope they film his scenes first, in case he decides to die! :/
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