McKellen and Serkis Sign On to The Hobbit as Gandalf and Gollum

Andy Serkis in his Motion-Capture Gollum SuitAndy Serkis in his Motion-Capture Gollum Suit Deadline is reporting that Andy Serkis has officially signed on to The Hobbit to reprise his role of Gollum... spandex suit and all... This is, of course, no real surprise considering the previous news and positive vibes coming from Andy himself.

And confirming what we all suspected was a given, is reporting the Ian McKellen has officially signed on as Gandalf.

This means that in the last couple of days we've seen three LOTR alumni reprising their roles in The Hobbit, with the expectation that Hugo Weaving will once again portray Elrond, and Cate Blanchett, Galadriel.  The rumour also remains that Orlando Bloom will have a cameo as Legolas in the films (which--while not written in the book--could indeed have happened).

And if that wasn't enough, Deadline is also talking about the notion that Christopher Lee may reprise his role of Saruman... and with that, it might just be a bit too much LOTR in The Hobbit.

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