I was so glad to read this today, from the Sci Fi Wire website: ‘Gandalf’ has read the Hobbit script and tells us about it.
Ian McKellen has finally read the script for the upcoming production of The Hobbit, and it sounds like he’s pleased. He said in a recent interview,
As Peter has said, they loved writing Gandalf [for The Hobbit] because they knew who they were writing him for… So it’s extremely attractive that this part has been written for me. The other Gandalf was written for, well, just as Gandalf. There’s lots for me to enjoy, in all sorts of ways.
Since I adore Gandalf, I mean McKellen, I absolutely cannot wait for the movie, though obviously they haven’t even started it yet. I was so sorry when I heard that Peter Jackson wasn’t going to be able to do it after all, but it sounds like McKellen’s equally sure that Guillermo del Toro will do a good job, so I’m going to let myself be assured too. And of course Jackson was one of the co-writers of the script, so that’s a good thing too.
And peeking back at the article, I suddenly notice that they’re mentioning Hobbit movies, plural. MOVIES?? Woo! That makes me even happier.