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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