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Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf confirmed

Gethsemane
The Shire

Apr 25 2008, 4:14am

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Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf confirmed Can't Post

Apologies if this is old news to my fellow middle earth fans. I have been keeping a watching grace over recent unfolding events but hadn't found any confirmation of Sir Ian's involvement outside of everybody and the dog wanting him desperately to reprise his role. Anyway i noticed this change to his website:

http://www.mckellen.com/cinema/index0.htm


2010 THE HOBBIT
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Role: Gandalf



Think we can take it as certain now!

Your Geths

oh and a big hello to everyone


Ataahua
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Apr 25 2008, 4:22am

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It wouldn't have been The Hobbit without McKellan beneath the grey pointy hat. Now I wonder if Christopher Lee will be returning?

Geth, have you sent this through to spymaster@theonering.net? It's a good bit of spotting and I'm sure it would make it onto the front page as a news item!

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Elven
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Apr 25 2008, 4:23am

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Thats just as it should be *insert huge grin here* [In reply to] Can't Post

Thankyou for the news!!
This is just the begining of a fine and wonderful day by the looks of it!

There could be no other but Ian for Gandalf!
Ever!! Laugh

Its like watching a homecoming parade!!
I cant wait to see who else is on board!


Were off to Hobbiton finally!

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Russell Crowe for Beorn!!



stormcrow20
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Apr 25 2008, 4:24am

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AAUUGGHHH!!!!! YES! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for posting this Gethsemane!! And welcome!

WOWWOWWOW! This is it! I am absolutely beside myself with this news! I'm 'twitched' out!

Gotta go now....I'm sure nobody wants to see a six-foot, 23-year-old guy giggling like a schoolgirl......

"Ian is Gandalf, and Gandalf means he."

Laugh

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Círdan saw further and deeper than any other in Middle-earth, and he welcomed Mithrandir at the Grey Havens, knowing whence he came and whither he would return.
'Take this ring, master,' he said, 'for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.'


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Apr 25 2008, 4:24am

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Gandalf, I'm so pleased to see you again [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for passing on this great news. I mean to say, could Gandalf be anyone else??


ShadoFaxs
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Apr 25 2008, 4:28am

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You thought this was in any doubt? [In reply to] Can't Post

I sure didn't. This is the safest bet we've had.

Sir Ian has only been saying for the last 2 years how ready he is to be Gandalf again.Smile He's been pestering PJ for - well, for a long time. And saying he's cleared his slate so he could do the 2 films.

And I think GDT has made it pretty clear he respects the original casting choices.

Seriously - had the team tried to cast another actor as Gandalf, the fans would've rebelled en masse. It was never gonna happen. I can't even imagine the uproar! This news was always safe as houses.

But it's still very nice to see it official. Cool Thanks for posting it!


(This post was edited by ShadoFaxs on Apr 25 2008, 4:32am)


ShadoFaxs
Rivendell

Apr 25 2008, 4:31am

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I sure hope Lee comes back! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm really hoping this happens. I assume he is in reasonably good health - he's still working on films in Britain. If something should happen to him, he'd be missed. I better go over and check out the Lee forum...

(Scurries away to check...)


GreenHeart
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Apr 25 2008, 4:33am

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Yay, yay, and YAY! [In reply to] Can't Post

It just *had* to be so, but I'm happy to see it look official. Thank you!


Sunflower
Valinor

Apr 25 2008, 4:34am

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Wow....that was fast.:) [In reply to] Can't Post

Looks like Sir Ian has gotten as little sleep as all of us since Sunday! Wink Either that or Del Toro broke the news to him first....:)

This just keeps getting better and better....

Hope we hear from a certain Mr. Serkis very soon. After that, the REAL fun begins!


(This post was edited by Sunflower on Apr 25 2008, 4:35am)


stormcrow20
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Apr 25 2008, 4:34am

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Me too!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Let us know if you find anything interesting!

Mr.Lee said himself in an interview recently that he might be willing to return as Saruman, and that he is in good health, except for back pain he has had for years.

Sounds good!

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Círdan saw further and deeper than any other in Middle-earth, and he welcomed Mithrandir at the Grey Havens, knowing whence he came and whither he would return.
'Take this ring, master,' he said, 'for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.'


(This post was edited by stormcrow20 on Apr 25 2008, 4:36am)


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Apr 25 2008, 4:36am

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Apr 25 2008, 4:36am

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I had no doubt. [In reply to] Can't Post

But it is very very pleasing to have it settled and certain.

Welcome back, Mithrandir! What a pleasure it will be to go there and back again with you!

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Apr 25 2008, 4:43am

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Gandalf! [In reply to] Can't Post

What can I say but ,"Good Morning!" This is a great day. Thanks for posting!

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Gethsemane
The Shire


Apr 25 2008, 4:50am

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It wouldn't have been The Hobbit without McKellan beneath the grey pointy hat. Now I wonder if Christopher Lee will be returning?

Geth, have you sent this through to spymaster@theonering.net? It's a good bit of spotting and I'm sure it would make it onto the front page as a news item!



Hello, yes i did try to send news along via your web form, ill pop it along via an email too. As for Andy Serkis i'm expecting confirmation on that very point, very soon. It's almost 6am here in the UK and its been along night. But oh what a night for fans Tolkien and Jacksons et al treatment of Tolkiens universe thus far. Ive not heard much on Christopher Lee outside of Lee's statement about his wishes, but is'nt Del toro a Hammer movie fan Wink


I'm glad this news has brought the same smile to those replying as it did to myself. Your all, most very welcome. Evil


(This post was edited by Gethsemane on Apr 25 2008, 4:54am)


ShadoFaxs
Rivendell

Apr 25 2008, 5:27am

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I've been loitering around Christopher Lee Web, his official site, off 'n on for the past 2 hours. Much movie news. No Hobbit announcements yet. I know Lee & PJ had their small differences but I can't imagine Lee wouldn't want to come back and I can't imagine GDT and PJ wouldn't want him back.

Serkis is another done deal I'm sure.

One presumes Viggo will want to return for the bridge movie and the Hobbitses are all eager to rejoin the party. Dunno about Cate and Hugo Weaving, but I want him back.

Wouldn't it be fun for a certain tall dark haired elf to have a cameo?? (Figwit lives!)

Yawwnnnnnnn...oops, it's bedtime here - whatta night!


snapcotton
The Shire

Apr 25 2008, 5:34am

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night keeps getting better?! Great news and I'm certain there is more to come! I am PSYCHED!!!
Thanks Gethsemane! And a huge YAY to Sir Ian!


Voorhas
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Apr 25 2008, 5:44am

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Keen! [In reply to] Can't Post

I have to admit, I fantasize about Sir Ian's reading of lines from the book: "I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me!," 'What a lot of things you do use good morning for," or "Dawn take you all, and be stone to you!" Hopefully some of those words will survive intact in the screenplay.

Might be a little backwards, but the Gandalf of The Hobbit has always been the "real" Gandalf to me. Maybe 'cause I read it at such a younger age than I did LOTR.

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ArathornJax
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Apr 25 2008, 6:21am

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Andy Serkis and Tintin [In reply to] Can't Post

Isn't Andy suppose to start filming Tintin in September of this year? Will tha conflict at all with his role of Gollum? I haven't stayed up on Andy over the last year so I'm not sure.

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stormcrow20
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Apr 25 2008, 6:31am

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When asked about The Hobbit, Cate has said she would love to work with Peter and Hugo again. Wink

I'm eager to hear if Hugo is indeed interested as well....

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Círdan saw further and deeper than any other in Middle-earth, and he welcomed Mithrandir at the Grey Havens, knowing whence he came and whither he would return.
'Take this ring, master,' he said, 'for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.'


stormcrow20
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Apr 25 2008, 6:33am

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Círdan saw further and deeper than any other in Middle-earth, and he welcomed Mithrandir at the Grey Havens, knowing whence he came and whither he would return.
'Take this ring, master,' he said, 'for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.'


ArathornJax
Lorien


Apr 25 2008, 7:32am

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Variety has a good article on this . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.variety.com/VR1117984595.html

In the article the review what we know but give some further information. First, del Torro won't be leaving anytime soon, he needs to finish up on Hellboy II. There is no start date for production and no script. Time frames are hinted at:

With Del Toro blocking out four years for the project, it’s likely that the studios are aiming at starting shooting next year and releasing the films in late 2011 and 2012.

So I answered my question on Andy, he'll be available. It will be fun as cast, script production dates etc are shared. More importantly, REMEMBER to start saving your hard earned dollars for those items that you'll want to purchase as merchandising comes out!

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Apr 25 2008, 8:01am

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great news, good work Gethsemane


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Apr 25 2008, 8:10am

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Oh, terrific geeky day! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, we all 'knew' this would happen, but it's so reassuring to really know for sure.


mae govannen
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Apr 25 2008, 8:57am

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Viggo too was ready, and Liv [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope also is, and will be back as our lovely Arwen, to meet her young Aragorn in Rivendell like in the scene they did already with PJ...

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Apr 25 2008, 10:57am

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Ohhh... He'll do it! Don't doubt it for a second. [In reply to] Can't Post

That is the one person/character that MUST be there. He is the ONLY ONE who can play Gandalf. A trite statement, but true nonetheless.

I love his Gandalf the Grey. I miss his voice.



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Apr 25 2008, 11:39am

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first time I saw Ian as Gandalf... I was awed. He totally breathed life into teh character... He was Gnadalf! I believe he has been all for doing the role all along. The only doubt if if the leagal stuff would get out the way befor ehe go too old to do it.

Iam so wiht you on this...

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Apr 25 2008, 12:31pm

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There is no other Gandalf for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

... although I hear that Sean Connery is available.

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Apr 25 2008, 1:02pm

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*Very* excited to have Sir Ian back as Gandalf, and after waiting for the Hobbit film for so many years already it's a relief to know the project is in such good hands with the original writers and now GDT. With these big annoucements I'm sure everything else will fall into place. It'll be fun to see the who gets cast in the other key roles. Wheee!

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Apr 25 2008, 1:56pm

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*joins in happy dance* [In reply to] Can't Post

this is the best news!



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Apr 25 2008, 1:59pm

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Perfect! It would not be Gandalf if someone other than Ian McKellen would play the role!

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Apr 25 2008, 2:07pm

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Delighted to hear Our Gandalf will Return! [In reply to] Can't Post

He's critical, and his makeup is such that aging won't be a problem for him.

I hope if they show the meeting of Arwen and Aragorn, they cast a younger actor for Aragorn but still use Liv for Arwen. That helps to reinforce the point that the elves don't age much compared to humans.

I hope there's a later scene, maybe Aragorn sent off to look for Gollum, where Viggo could be used. Or, perhaps, an aging king and his still young elvish wife could reminisce about Middle Earth, between the death of Smaug and The War of the RIngs. That might be an interesting way to frame the bridge portion. And I hope there's a way to work Ian Holm in there somewhere; much as he's a fine actor, I feel he'd be wrong for the younger Bilbo for over an entire movie.


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Apr 25 2008, 2:08pm

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Apr 25 2008, 2:38pm

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Yay! [In reply to] Can't Post

This is such fantastic news! Seriously, no one else can play Gandalf.

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Gethsemane
The Shire


Apr 25 2008, 2:49pm

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Apparently Andy Serkis is on board for both movies, however neither his US or UK PR contacts are able to confirm that at the time of writing...expect an official comment on andy's website very soon...

edit: doh just read del toro's little inteview with Xoanon, guess you can confirm it with that.

it's good to have an end to journey towards, but it's the journey that matters in the end

(This post was edited by Gethsemane on Apr 25 2008, 2:51pm)


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Apr 25 2008, 2:52pm

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It's beginning to feel like Christmas every day around here. Rjoice! Rejoice!


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Apr 25 2008, 4:02pm

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ROFL!! *snert* ;-) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Were off to Hobbiton finally!

Tolkien was a Capricorn!!
Russell Crowe for Beorn!!



Jazmine
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Apr 25 2008, 4:04pm

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I'd really like to see Christopher Lee return for the second movie... [In reply to] Can't Post

The longer we waited for this announcement the more I kept thinking, c'mon guys, he's not getting any younger!


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Nazgurl
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Apr 25 2008, 10:12pm

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Ian M [In reply to] Can't Post

While there was never any doubt that Ian wanted to reprise the role of Gandalf, it is certainly welcome news that it's now official!Wink


martoony
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Apr 26 2008, 9:49pm

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What about Bilbo? [In reply to] Can't Post

I really hope they use Ian Holm as Bilbo, or is he too old?


Kapoof
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Apr 27 2008, 2:35am

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Hopefully this is the first of many announcements of LotR actors reprising their roles. I would love to see Viggo again, which i would imagine we could in the 2nd movie.


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Apr 28 2008, 9:19am

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