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Andy Serkis confirmed for The Hobbit

E! online report that Andy Serkis has just signed on to reprise the role of Gollum in The Hobbit.

Ian McKellen to reprise role as Gandalf in The Hobbit.

Ian McKellen has confirmed on his official website that he will be playing Gandalf in The Hobbit movies. He wrote that his; “worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted” and that filming starts in New Zealand on 21st February.

Gollum and The Hobbit

It’s not yet officially confirmed but Deadline report that Andy Serkis will be returning to play Gollum in The Hobbit movies.

Other actors also reported to be in negotiation are; Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Christopher Lee in (Saruman) and Ian Holm (as an older version of Bilbo Baggins)

Elijah Wood confirmed for The Hobbit

Rumors that Elijah Wood is to reprise the role of Frodo in The Hobbit movies have been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hobbit will be distributed by Warner Bros.

Variety report that Warner Bros. has officially taken over international distribution and home video on the The Hobbit films from MGM Studios.

Elijah Wood in Talks to Join The Hobbit

According to reports on the web, Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in Jackson’s three-part version of Tolkien’s later tome, is in talks to join the cast of the new film, The Guardian reports. It is being suggested that Frodo will appear in a framing device for Jackson’s film, reading from a book telling the story of The Hobbit in order to place it in the same filmic universe as The Lord of the Rings.

A toast to The Professor

3rd January, is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. He was born 119 years ago on 3rd January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Tolkien Society suggest that at 9pm in your local time you raise a glass and celebrate his life and work with a toast to “The Professor”.