But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
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Sir Ian McKellen has confirmed that he will be portraying Gandfalf in the new feature film adaptations of JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit.
There are two movies being planned.
The first will be released in 2010 and then the next in 2011.
The movies will be prequels to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
McKellen stated, "Yes, it's true. It's not a part that you turn down. I loved playing Gandalf."
He adds, "As to how it's going to work over two films and what going to happen on screen, well Guillermo [the director] has not got down to working out the major details yet - I can tell you it's going to be amazing though."
The first movie is set to be the adaptation of The Hobbit. The second will be an original story which will focus on the 60 years between the book and the beginning of Lord of the Rings trilogy.
A new story?????
What do the diehard Tolkien fans think about THAT?????
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