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McKellen Says The Hobbit Starts In July
Gandalf blogs about the filming plans

18 March 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Ian McKellen

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We’ve reported before about Peter Jackson talking up this summer as the planned start date for shooting The Hobbit. Now Gandalf himself – better known as Ian McKellen – has posted on his website that he’ll start shooting the first movie in July.

While New Line has yet to make any official announcement about an official greenlight, the schedule or the cast, we’re frankly inclined to believe McKellen.

He goes on to relate the following: “Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth. The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons' and the studio in Miramar. “

Much of which we could have guessed, but when Gandalf tells you it’s happening, you listen. Besides: wizards are subtle, and quick to anger, so best not to throw paper airplanes while he's speaking.


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I'm waiting to judge until i see more casting. More

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L: Halfling I've gone from being non-plussed to very excited to meh, and back again...sp; There and back again, ey? More

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Well I really enjoyed the book (my first outing into Middle Earth quite a while ago!) and so I am looking forward to see how it pans out (no pun intended) under Del Toro. Interesting to see who will be in the final cast, but at least McKellen is back as Gandalf. More

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I've gone from being non-plussed to very excited to meh, and back again...all emotions are now under wraps until I know for sure who's going to be in it! More

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