IMDb reports that “Ian McKellen has been tipped to replace the late Richard Harris in the third Harry Potter movie. Last week Ian’s LOTR co-star Christopher Lee announced his disgust at being lined up to replace Irish star so soon after Harris lost his battle with Hodgkins Disease last month. McKellen has become the frontrunner to play Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, which stars filming in the new year. An film insider says, “They need someone with gravitas and presence to take on the role, and Ian’s got that by the bucketload. It’s hard to think of anyone else who could really make the part their own.” McKellen’s spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.”
Peter Jackson sat down for a small featurette to discuss taking The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit into 4k.