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Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf confirmed
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Grey Havens

Apr 25 2008, 11:39am

Post #26 of 41 (902 views)
I remember the [In reply to] Can't Post

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...

"He is the ONLY ONE who can play Gandalf."

Just hope I can gert up in time for Fiesta.



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Grey Havens

Apr 25 2008, 12:31pm

Post #27 of 41 (887 views)
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

Post #28 of 41 (891 views)
Time for the happy dance [In reply to] Can't Post

*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

Post #29 of 41 (850 views)
*joins in happy dance* [In reply to] Can't Post

this is the best news!

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Apr 25 2008, 1:59pm

Post #30 of 41 (856 views)
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Perfect! It would not be Gandalf if someone other than Ian McKellen would play the role!

I do not suffer from LotR obsession - I enjoy every minute of it.


Apr 25 2008, 2:07pm

Post #31 of 41 (888 views)
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

Post #32 of 41 (895 views)
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Apr 25 2008, 2:38pm

Post #33 of 41 (861 views)
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This is such fantastic news! Seriously, no one else can play Gandalf.

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The Shire

Apr 25 2008, 2:49pm

Post #34 of 41 (877 views)
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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)

The Shire

Apr 25 2008, 2:52pm

Post #35 of 41 (867 views)
Yahoo! [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Apr 25 2008, 4:02pm

Post #36 of 41 (844 views)
ROFL!! *snert* ;-) // [In reply to] Can't Post


Were off to Hobbiton finally!

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Russell Crowe for Beorn!!

Tol Eressea

Apr 25 2008, 4:04pm

Post #37 of 41 (894 views)
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!

*Jazminatar the Brown*

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Apr 25 2008, 10:12pm

Post #38 of 41 (828 views)
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

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Apr 26 2008, 9:49pm

Post #39 of 41 (801 views)
What about Bilbo? [In reply to] Can't Post

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

The Shire

Apr 27 2008, 2:35am

Post #40 of 41 (794 views)
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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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Tol Eressea

Apr 28 2008, 9:19am

Post #41 of 41 (785 views)
*sighs contendedly in happy expectation...* :-) // [In reply to] Can't Post


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