Broadway World recently chatted with actor Ian McKellen, who revealed he has not yet signed onto play the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit. Here’s an excerpt from the site’s interview:
The news is fairly bizarre since Ian McKellen seemed to be quite close to the production in the past. The actor said in September, before The Hobbit was officially greenlit, that the movie would start shooting next January. Although that has now been changed to a February 2011 start date.
It seems negotiations are still ongoing with Ian McKellen for The Hobbit, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted with any further information on this highly-anticipated project as soon as we have more details.
The Hobbit comes to theaters November 2012 and stars Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Doug Jones, James Nesbitt.