Jul 25, 2008 09:52 PM EST

Sir Ian McKellen Will Return As Gandalf

Sir Ian McKellen Will Return As Gandalf
It has been confirmed that Sir Ian McKellen will definitely be returning to his role as Gandalf in the upcoming epic, "The Hobbit". The actor says, "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 also say s that he has spoken quite a bit to Del Toro abut the project.  "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 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."

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