Ian McKellen Finally Set To Join The Hobbit As Gandalf?
When the chief members of The Hobbit cast were announced a few weeks ago, one particularly important name was missing. Tolkienís story, like Lord of the Rings, involves a group on a long journey through Middle Earth. But unlike LOTR the traveling group is much bigger, consisting of thirteen dwarves, one hobbit named Bilbo, and one very familiar old wizard.
Gandalf is the only central character from Lord of the Rings who also plays a pivotal role in The Hobbit but when the cast was announced Ian McKellen, who played the character brilliantly through all three LOTR movies, was not listed among them. Itís been more than a month and thereís still been no word of McKellenís involvement, until now that is.
The One Ring points out that Ian McKellenís official site has a page which seems to indicate that he will indeed be involved in The Hobbit, and that page has been recently updated. Itís far from confirmation that heís actually signed on the dotted line, but it is at least a hopeful sign. It seems impossible to imagine anyone else playing the character, but there had been some rumblings in the past that as the movie has been delayed over, and over and over again, McKellenís availability might come into question. Until thereís a final, official announcement, we Tolkien fans will just have to hold our breath.
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