Peter Jackson Confirms Stars Returning in The Hobbit

Peter Jackson talked with MTV recently, and made some notable comments about the returning (or maybe that's "pre"turning) characters in The Hobbit.  Here's a few excerpts:

"Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in 'The Hobbit,' and we're having Ian McKellen reprise," explained the filmmaker, who is executive-producing the flick and writing the screenplay. "There's a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there's a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett."

"In some respects, it's a prequel. In book terms, the world of 'The Hobbit' takes place 60 years before 'The Lord of the Rings,' as it was written by Tolkien. So, not a lot of the characters actually feature, because they weren't around yet."

In regards to Galadriel and Elrond:

"They are elves, so once again, in the realm of Middle-earth, they're immortal, they don't age. We have a process that would start with showing them the script. We're not [beginning] any official process until we have the 'official' script that they can read."

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