Monday, January 10, 2011

McKellen, Serkis Sign Hobbit Deals

Two reports indicate that Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen have signed back on to The Hobbit films to reprise their roles of Gollum and Gandalf. They will join their previous Lord of the Rings cast members Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood. The Serkis deal has not been official confirmed but Deadline is reporting that it is done. The site also says Christopher Lee is in talks to join the production as Saruman and possibly Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed McKellen's return, really no surprise as he has been championing the films more than any other previous cast member. The other major piece of news is THR says that principle photography on the film will begin on February 14th in New Zealand.

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