Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ian McKellen Returns As Gandalf

Empire has confirmed that while speaking at a special screening of The Dark Knight at London’s Imax cinema on Monday night, Ian Mckellen has confirmed that he will return as Gandalf in the Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of The Hobbit, saying:
Well, I haven’t had the contract yet but it’s everyone’s intention that I play Gandalf so yes, I will be returning to the role. Although it’s not until 2010, I’m very much excited about returning.
He had this to say on Guillermo Del Toro taking the helm:
Well, if you’re not going to have Peter Jackson, who else can handle the job? To get an international film-maker of his standing who adores the original trilogy, well I don’t think you could possibly find a better replacement,” he said. “I think the look will be very much as it was, Weta is still involved, it’s still the same workshops, the same designers, I’ll be there, Andy Serkis (now confirmed to return as Gollum) will be there and Peter Jackson will still be around - not that he’ll interfere too much - so it’ll seem like the old family is getting back together again