Director Guillermo del Toro mentioned a few days ago that he had had a meeting with Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis for them to reprise their roles in The Hobbit and its sequel as Gandalf and Gollum/Smeagol, respectively. Now we get to hear McKellen’s side.
“Yes, it’s true,” McKellen told Empire Online at the UK Speed Racer premiere. “I spoke to Guillermo in the very room that Peter Jackson offered me the part and he confirmed that I would be reprising the role. Obviously, it’s not a part that you turn down, I loved playing Gandalf.”
He added that “Guillermo will be getting around to starting the script in about six weeks when he’s finished filming Hellboy II.”
You can read the full interview here.