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McKellan still Gandalf

04.30.2008
Considering Peter Jackson's involvement in the project (and the fact that director Guillermo del Toro has been publicly proclaiming it), Sir Ian McKellan's return to the role of wizard Gandalf for THE HOBBIT won't surprise anyone.

But it comes from the thespian's own mouth: "Yes, itís true," McKellan tells Empire. "I spoke to Guillermo in the very room that Peter Jackson offered me the part and he confirmed that I would be reprising the role. Obviously, itís not a part that you turn down, I loved playing Gandalf."

That sounds solid enough. McKellan also seems perfectly confident in del Toro's abilities, even with the movie(s) in such an early state. The director has also stated that Andy Serkis (Gollum's human incarnation) would return to for more terrorizing hobbitses and caressing the Precious.
Extra Tidbit: Sir Ian McKellan can teach you how to act. Seems simple enough!
Source: Empire Online

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10:58AM on 05/01/2008

sweet

who wouldn't be hip to this news?
who wouldn't be hip to this news?
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10:27AM on 05/01/2008
they are getting this SO right.

finally.. people who respect the source material.

take THAT Schu-hack-er.
they are getting this SO right.

finally.. people who respect the source material.

take THAT Schu-hack-er.
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8:53AM on 05/01/2008
Best news.
I am at peace right now.
Best news.
I am at peace right now.
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12:52AM on 05/01/2008

Woop!

Great news, as expected as it was. These movies are going to kick all kinds of ass. Its not often you get to re-visit such an awesome cinematic universe years after the fact (or when you do, it's quite different - like the Star Wars prequels). I'm pumped!
Great news, as expected as it was. These movies are going to kick all kinds of ass. Its not often you get to re-visit such an awesome cinematic universe years after the fact (or when you do, it's quite different - like the Star Wars prequels). I'm pumped!
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12:29AM on 05/01/2008
YAAAAY!!
YAAAAY!!
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12:27AM on 05/01/2008

YES!!!

This just keeps getting better and better. As a huge Tolkien fan (books and movie version), I am utterly thrilled. I can't wait to see McKellan as Gandalf again- and I totally think Martin Freeman would be perfect for Bilbo Baggins- I love Ian Holm, but I doubt he'd be up for it.
This just keeps getting better and better. As a huge Tolkien fan (books and movie version), I am utterly thrilled. I can't wait to see McKellan as Gandalf again- and I totally think Martin Freeman would be perfect for Bilbo Baggins- I love Ian Holm, but I doubt he'd be up for it.
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12:20AM on 05/01/2008

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You're absolutely right!
I went "neutral" because I don't really care about the Tolkien movies. But I still know more than I wish to know. Anyway, I agree that Martin Freeman would be a good choice for a younger Bilbo.
You're absolutely right!
I went "neutral" because I don't really care about the Tolkien movies. But I still know more than I wish to know. Anyway, I agree that Martin Freeman would be a good choice for a younger Bilbo.
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11:06PM on 04/30/2008

Thank God!

Great to see Messers McKellan and Serkis back on board. Wouldn't be the same without them. I'm very anxious to see this one.


Great to see Messers McKellan and Serkis back on board. Wouldn't be the same without them. I'm very anxious to see this one.


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10:13PM on 04/30/2008
My greatest worry about 'The Hobbit' was that they wouldn't get it into production in time to retain McKellan (after all, he ain't exactly getting any younger), so this is great news!
My greatest worry about 'The Hobbit' was that they wouldn't get it into production in time to retain McKellan (after all, he ain't exactly getting any younger), so this is great news!
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10:03PM on 04/30/2008

MARTIN FREEMAN FOR BILBO!

He looks like a young Ian Holm and I think he would to a top notch job.
He looks like a young Ian Holm and I think he would to a top notch job.
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9:56PM on 04/30/2008
Very, very good. The ball is rolling...
Very, very good. The ball is rolling...
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