While everyone prognosticates the casting of Bilbo Baggins, a crucial player has weighed in on his participation in the trek to Lonely Mountain. Sir Ian McKellen, while attending the European premiere of The Dark Knight in London, confirmed that he will indeed be reprising the roll of Gandalf the Grey, Digital Spy reports.
“Well, I haven’t had the contract yet but it’s everyone’s intention that I play Gandalf so yes, I will be returning to the role,” McKellen said. “Although it’s not until 2010, I’m very much excited about returning.”
Sir Ian went on to speak of his anticipation for working with The Hobbit director Guillermo Del Toro. “Well, if you’re not going to have Peter Jackson, who else can handle the job? To get an international film-maker of his standing who adores the original trilogy, well I don’t think you could possibly find a better replacement.”