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Hollywood Reporter: Ian McKellen officially signed
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duats
Grey Havens

Jan 10 2011, 11:38pm

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Ian McKellen has signed on to return as wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit, the two-pic adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel being directed by Peter Jackson. The dealmaking on Hobbit for a slew of Jackson veterans from his Lord of the Rings trilogy has been coming fast and furious and comes on the heels of Andy Serkis finally inking his deal to reprise Gollum.

The Hobbit book introduced Gandalf and Gollum, with both characters going on to become part of literatureís most popular characters. Gandalf sets the adventure going in the story and appears throughout the novel. Gollum appears in a chapter that has gone on to be one of the most memorable in all of fantasy literature.

Elijah Wood signed his deal to return as Frodo last week, and Cate Blanchett will play Galadriel once again. Orlando Bloom has an offer to return as elf archer Legolas, though itís too early to tell if a deal will be made. McKellen, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Gandalf, has spent recent years doing mostly voice work for film and TV, although he did star in the remake of AMC's The Prisoner. His last major film role was in 2006ís X-Men: The Last Stand.

Hobbit starts shooting Feb. 14 in New Zealand.


SOURCE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/...return-gandalf-69960


Owain
Tol Eressea


Jan 10 2011, 11:39pm

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Yes! I was just posting about this.

Literally overjoyed!

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HiddenSpring
Lorien

Jan 10 2011, 11:40pm

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What a day! Gandalf and Gollum confirmed. Lee and Holm in negotiations.

Welcome back Sir Ian!


Owain
Tol Eressea


Jan 10 2011, 11:45pm

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Indeed! Welcome back Sir Ian McKellen. [In reply to] Can't Post

I am soooo relieved. The article also states filming will begin on February 14th, 2011.

Awesome!!!

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duats
Grey Havens

Jan 10 2011, 11:50pm

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rošc
Bree


Jan 10 2011, 11:54pm

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Yes!!! Great news! [In reply to] Can't Post

This is what I was waiting and hoping for all the time! Smile


Owain
Tol Eressea


Jan 10 2011, 11:58pm

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Nice... yeah that's pretty much how I felt. [In reply to] Can't Post

This is main page news for sure! I sent the link to the mods and told them you posted the alert.

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adu
Bree

Jan 11 2011, 12:01am

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I guess I'm missing something...where does it say Lee is in negotiations?

Kindly post a link if there is one to confirm that.

Thanks


HiddenSpring
Lorien

Jan 11 2011, 12:02am

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It's a different article [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/andy-serkis-signed-to-reprise-gollum-in-the-hobbit/

If you're redirected to another article, just go to "Film News". It goes something like:

"I'm told that Andy Serkis has closed his deal to bring back Gollum in The Hobbit, the two films that Peter Jackson will direct in New Zealand starting in February. Serkis will join returning cast members Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood. Wood's participation was made official last week after Deadline first revealed his negotiations. According to sources, others who appeared in The Lord of the Rings poised to return at this point include Ian McKellen (who's still working out a deal to return as Gandalf in a major role), Christopher Lee is in talks to reprise the wizard Saruman, and Ian Holm to return as an older version of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman is playing that title role in the two new movies). I've written in the past about a possible reprise of Orlando Bloom's Legolas, but it's unclear at this point if he'll be back."


(This post was edited by HiddenSpring on Jan 11 2011, 12:05am)


Donry
Tol Eressea


Jan 11 2011, 12:19am

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some good news. McKellan had me worried a bit there, all the talk earlier of him being involved before the green light. And then the greenlight and no announcement....waiting, waiting, waiting.....and finally! Good times. Serkis too....I guess there is nothing to worry about now........and that would be a bit of sarcasm thrown in there for a Monday.....

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TheGoblinKing
Rohan

Jan 11 2011, 12:29am

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Ian Holm Is News [In reply to] Can't Post

It be so great if he'd do the narration of the opening and Wood would say the final words in Narration. Ian McKellan and the rest had to sign by now if starting next month.


nobofthepony
Lorien


Jan 11 2011, 12:30am

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Most important role filled by the right person...! [In reply to] Can't Post

I can breathe easy now, and I can handle recasting on any other character - but there's only ONE Gandalf!!!


Compa_Mighty
Tol Eressea


Jan 11 2011, 12:46am

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To be honest, I never doubted McKellen and Serkis would return... [In reply to] Can't Post

But I am very happy to read about Mr. Lee and Mr. Holm.

So Hugo Weaving remains the prominent absent in all this talk!

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mulubinba
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Jan 11 2011, 12:53am

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Wonderful news!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so glad Sir Ian and Andy Serkis are back Smile


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 11 2011, 12:58am

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If you listen closely... [In reply to] Can't Post

you can hear the huge sigh of relief coming from all the Tolkienites out there. Excellent news on a monday. I would also love to hear soon that Christopher Lee & Ian Holm will be back.


titanium_hobbit
Rohan

Jan 11 2011, 1:11am

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is Elrond the last major cross over character? [In reply to] Can't Post

Come on, Hugo! sign sign sign!


Kangi Ska
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Jan 11 2011, 1:17am

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I am with you on all counts. [In reply to] Can't Post

I would have preferred a mostly independent telling of the Hobbit but If they can bring back the whole crew it will be better than just Frodo. I would not be surprised if they worked in the other three hobbits as well.

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Jan 11 2011, 1:22am

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Huzzah, but I had little doubt it would happen (nt) [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Kangi Ska
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Jan 11 2011, 1:23am

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For Elrond plan B is Paul Rubens (At least that is what I heard.) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Elentari03
Rivendell

Jan 11 2011, 1:25am

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This is great news!

I do hope Hugo Weaving is back as well. I wonder why we have heard no mention of him.


titanium_hobbit
Rohan

Jan 11 2011, 1:34am

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Melkors_Wrath
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Jan 11 2011, 1:41am

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Hugo, Holm & Lee [In reply to] Can't Post

As great as this is, I wish they would announce the cast in one shot. I really hope that by the end of the week we get an official announcement regarding Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Ian Holm! Hopefully tomorrow. I would also like to see Michael Fassbender and David Tennant announced for roles. With filming almost a month away, this should be the week we get the whole cast confirmed.


Owain
Tol Eressea


Jan 11 2011, 1:58am

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Tequila!!!// [In reply to] Can't Post

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Ethel Duath
Valinor


Jan 11 2011, 2:15am

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Pipe Dream
Gondor


Jan 11 2011, 2:30am

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I can now sleep easier! [In reply to] Can't Post

Very good news about McKellen, Lee, Serkis and Holm! Only 20 days left until February.Smile

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