Confirmed: Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen Return for 'The Hobbit'

January 10, 2011
Source: Deadline, THR

Gandalf - Lord of the Rings

In case you were somehow, in a state of udder madness, worried that Andy Serkis and Sir Ian McKellen, two central actors from the Lord of the Rings series (who we've confirmed numerous times before), wouldn't be returning for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, you can finally rest easy because it's official. Deadline reports that Serkis is officially signed on to play Gollum (aka Smeagol once) again, performing the motion capture parts of the creature that Bilbo encounters. And THR has also confirmed that Sir Ian McKellen is officially signed and good to go as the lovable wizard Gandalf. Happy to hear that both will be back for The Hobbit!

In addition to Serkis and McKellen, other confirmed returning cast members include Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee as Saruman and Ian Holm as an older Bilbo, as well as an impressive new cast lead by Martin Freeman. I'm glad the cast is finally coming together and Jackson is getting things set, because obviously The Hobbit can't get here soon enough. Last week we wrote that Warner Bros will paying almost all of the $500 million budget since MGM is still bankrupt. Pre-production is obviously already underway in New Zealand and production is slated to start in just a few more months. We pretty much have almost all of the cast lined up for The Hobbit, but I'm sure we'll be hearing plenty more news over these next few months.

It's great to hear that both are finally 100% signed on, but honestly, I probably would've boycotted the film if they at least didn't bring those two back, so it's not surprising they're returning. Then again, as a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, it brings a smile to my face knowing we'll see them up on the big screen again come 2012.

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  • Anonymous
    A W E S O M E N E W S Jackson don't fail us now!
  • Best news I've heard all day!!! Can't Wait!!!
  • Jericho
    great! i never read the books bu the movies were nice to watch....
  • grapefruit
    Lord of the rings cast returning to the screen ? Priceless!
  • Mark
    Glad they got everyone back. I was a little worried about Christopher Lee.
  • Anonymous
    Coming together nicely. I know Christopher Lee said at his age he wouldn't consider it, but a change of heart would be phenomenal.
  • Anonymous
    I SHALL NOT PASS... this film up!
  • Anonymous
    I thought these actors would've been a lock from day one. Considering the LotR trilogy made Serkis famous (he practically stole every scene); and Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, and Ian Holm always struck me as an actor's actor (meaning they'll take a role for the quality/uniqueness of part irregardless of its significance or the paycheck).
  • Jon A.
    Welcome back. Warner Bros. still owns, sorry I had to add that.
  • Anonymous
    So, based on this one to infer that Bilbo will be "telling the story" to Frodo? I have to admit, when I think of the imagery in my mind from the book...and then I think of just how damned good of a job Jackson did with Lord of The Rings, I am...excited for these movies.
  • Jimmy Love
    Well at least these two were actually IN the hobbit
  • Tjohn
    Hope they make Gollum darker this film. He's so....creepy in this book.
  • Thenetbook
    They better get their asses on the roll this time. Sir Ian McKellen (age 71) and Christopher Lee (age 88) aint getting any younger. It would be a tradgedy if they were to pass, god forbid, during the making of this film. It worked for Harry Potter because it was only its 3rd film and The Matrix because the story can be changed like that, but it wouldnt be right for LOTRs. The time invested and image of them could never be replaced. Hopefully filming would be wrapped up no later than summer 2013, thats if Emmerich's film didnt catch up to us and say "I told you so."
  • Fantastic news. Any word on David Tennant?
  • awesome!!!!!!!
  • Solo Calrissian
    YAY!!!! Ok now Great.... FILM THE GOT'-DAMN MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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