Never Ending Story

Sir Ian McKellen will play Gandalf in The Hobbit.

That Lord Of The Rings malarkey just won't go away, will it? Who knows, maybe they're hoping to make it into a James Bond-like franchise that will keep going f-o-r-e-v-e-r. But in the mean time, the latest news is that J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit will be adapted into two separate films (planned for 2010 and 2011), and that the grand dame himself, Oscar-nominated British actor Ian McKellen, is to reprise his role from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Last week, it was confirmed Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro would direct the film, which will be shot in New Zealand.

McKellen is reported to have said: "I have spoken to Guillermo this week. I am going to be playing Gandalf, but he's only getting around to doing the script in about six weeks when he's finished Hellboy 2.

"Obviously I've read The Hobbit so I have a good idea of what the story will be, but Del Toro hasn't got down to working on it in any detail, at the moment."

No word as of yet on whether the future of Widow Twanky will be so bright.

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