Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan to return to Middle Earth in THE HOBBIT

Kristal Bailey

by: Kristal Bailey
January 10th, 2011

Gandalf of Lord of the Rings

The cast of Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT is starting to take shape. Fresh off the news that Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett would be in the two-part series, it's being reported by Entertainment Weekly that Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan will be back for more Middle Earth adventures.

For more on the status of the film, keep reading after the break.

Expect more casting news to break soon, as Christopher Lee and Ian Holm are in talks to return in the roles they originated: Saruman and the older version of Bilbo Baggins, respectively. Filming is scheduled to start in New Zealand next month, so the stars should be in place in the coming weeks.

The film's storyline, according to The Wrap:

"Martin Freeman stars as young Bilbo in the big-budget adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, which follows the beloved character on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and strike down the talking dragon Smaug. Bilbo is joined on this dangerous journey by Gandalf and 13 dwarves who are led by their king, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)."

THE HOBBIT is scheduled for release on Decemeber 19, 2012, with the second film due around the same time in 2013.

Source Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies

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