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Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit

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For SUCH a long time, we were anxiously awaiting confirmation on Ian McKellen's involvement in The Hobbit films.

Now, Ian is confirmed to return as Gandalf, and he's decided to take to his blog to tell us why it took so long for him to get officially attached to the project.

Here's what he had to say blog about it:

All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me.

I’m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is ’round the next corner? For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of The Hobbit films starting at almost anytime. We brought the Waiting for Godot tour of Australia to New Zealand early 2010, assuming I would stay on to start shooting soon after. Then there was yet another delay: but in Wellington I met with Guillermo del Toro and later read his script for Part One, written with the LOTR writing team. It was true to the style, the fun and the romance of the trilogy.

When Peter Jackson, already producing, resumed the director’s chair, he kept me in touch with developments. A second screenplay was sent over, on the understanding that I would not talk about what I read in it.

After the ruckus over trade union expectations and unlikely rumours of filming outside New Zealand, suddenly crucial casting was announced, plus a start date in February 2011. Martin Freeman as Bilbo sounds perfect. As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.

Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore?

The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.

I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.

–Ian McKellen, London, January 2011

Your energy and passion for your craft at 71-years-old is an inspiration, Ian.

We're very happy to have U back!

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Elijah Wood To Star In Animated Hobbit Tron TV Series!

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Tron-Mania continues with Disney's announcement that they'll be creating an animated Tron series for channel Disney XD in 2012!

Tron: Uprising will debut in the summer of 2012, and will feature an inneresting cast of voices, including Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Pee Wee Herman Paul Reubens, Bruce Boxleitner, Lance Henriksen, and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

Elijah Wood will play Beck, the main character "who leads a revolution inside the Grid's computer world."

Looks like Disney's got some seriously ambitious plans for the Tron franchise!

We'll be very curious to see how Tron-mania holds up when the film, Tron: Legacy, is released next month.

Are U excited to see Elijah Wood enter the Tron world? Or would U prefer to see him kicking it in Middle Earth?

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Hobbit Update…And Then Second Breakfast Hobbit Update!

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We've got all types of Hobbit updates for you today!

Get comfortable with your breakfast, or second breakfast, or your elevenses, and get ready for Hobbit news mania!

For those of you who want to immerse yourselves in Middle Earth, much like how Avatar immersed us in Pandora, you'll be pleased to know that The Hobbit will officially be released in 3D!

If only they could somehow incorporate three dimensions of Orlando Bloom into the movie…we'd start waiting on line in front of the theater now…even though the project is still awaiting the official greenlight.

In other Hobbit-related news, Ian McKellan is ready to sign on as Gandalf. As soon as he's given the papers from Peter Jackson, he's totally on board.

McKellan believes that The Hobbit will get the greenlight soon.

Here's what he had to say about it:

“It’s still a matter of MGM and Warner Bros. sorting things out, but I’m told they’re close.”

We're def excited for Ian McKellan to get attached to the movie AND we're thinking this one could work well in 3D, assuming they do it right and they don't half-ass it like Clash Of The Titans.

What do U think about all this Hobbit-related news?

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