January 11th, 2011
04:05 PM ET
As Marquee reported yesterday, Elijah Wood has officially signed on to appear in Peter Jackson's two-part saga "The Hobbit." Now, fellow former "Lord of the Rings" stars Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are following suit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the duo will reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively.
Both characters were introduced in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" novel. Gandalf the wizard helps set the adventure into motion and appears throughout the book while Gollum shows up in a memorable chapter in which Bilbo Baggins finds the One Ring in his lair.
"The Hobbit," which also stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, is scheduled to begin shooting in New Zealand in February. The films are currently slated to arrive in theaters in December 2012 and 2013.
The Hollywood Reporter also writes that Orlando Bloom has been made an offer to revisit his "LOTR" role as elf Legolas for "The Hobbit," though a deal has not been made.
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