The Hobbit to Start Shooting in June... It's (almost) official!

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the WhiteIan McKellen as Gandalf the WhiteIt's all but official... Ian McKellen (aka Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit) has posted to his website the following great news about The Hobbit!

THE HOBBIT's, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July.  Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started.  The script too proceeds.  The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.

The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons' and the studio in Miramar.

I suppose this is probably as close to "official" as we're going to get without there being a Press Release from the studio.

Hopefully casting news will be soon to follow!

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