More “Lord of the Rings” Stars Join “The Hobbit”!

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More Hobbit movie news for those of us who have been waiting nearly a decade to see the book hit the big screen: Sir Ian McKellen will officially reprise his role as Gandalf (the Grey) in the upcoming Hobbit film adaptations. The first of the two Hobbit movies is set to begin filming this February under the direction of Peter Jackson, most famous for being the brain behind the Lord of the Rings film adaptations.

McKellen is certainly not the only cast member from the original movie trilogy to hop on board for The Hobbit:

  • As we previously reported, Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) has signed on to star in the Hobbit films
  • Andy Serkis will reprise his award-winning role as Gollum
  • Cate Blanchett is officially returning as Galadriel, a role that does not appear in the Hobbit book (but will be written in by Jackson)
  • Orlando Bloom is in talks with the Hobbit crew to return as Legolas, another role that will be added to the films by Jackson

Martin Freeman, known for his role on the original “The Office” as well as his supporting role as John Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock miniseries, will play the younger Bilbo Baggins.

We’ll keep you up to date on the latest happenings with The Hobbit, and judging but it’s extraordinarily rocky past, there will be lots to report! The Hobbit films are set to hit theaters in December 2012 and 2013.

[Via Kaite B. via Yahoo! Movies]

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