Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen Officially Signed for The Hobbit Movies

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No surprise here. Andy Serkis has signed a deal to return as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s two “Hobbit” movies. He’ll be joining Martin Freeman, playing a younger version of Bilbo Baggins, along with Elijah Wood, last reported to be reprising Frodo Baggins in the two movies. Ian McKellen, after a lot of surprising maybe/maybe-not, is now also officially back as the wizard Gandalf.

Also expected back: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel and Christopher Lee as Saruman. Orlando Bloom was previously rumored to also be back as Legalos, but that’s still up in the air. Both Galadriel and Legalos don’t actually appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s source novel, but that didn’t stop Jackson from including Frodo in the upcoming movie anyway.

The premise of “The Hobbit” movies follows Freeman’s Bilbo, who is on an epic quest with Gandalf and 13 dwarves led by their King, Thorin Oakenshield (to be played by Richard Armitage), to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and strike down the talking dragon Smaug (possibly voiced by Bill Nighy, whose participation is also up in the air).

It’s during this journey that Bilbo runs across a little ring that everyone seems to want in that “Lord of the Rings” trilogy that came out a little while back. Serkis’ Gollum, of course, really, really wants that ring back.

Peter Jackson and company commences the back-to-back production starting in February 14 on location in New Zealand.

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  • Anonymous

    I like this better than the Frodo news

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      I’m excited all around. The Frodo news isn’t really that bad at all. I like the book end scenes for the film. It gives the film the storyteller feel, possibly with some intermitent narration. The LOTR trilogy are some of my favorite films of all time and I can’t wait til they get this done.

  • paul

    you cannot put Frodo into the hobbit it will just not work

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Not in the actual story no, that can’t happen, but the bookend scenes make sense. It’s Bilbo telling the story to Frodo (and others) and we’re hearing it along with Frodo. Since Hobbits are supposed to age a bit slower than men it’d work to have Woods playing Frodo again (with maybe some deaging to make him younger than he appeared in Fellowship). But yeah he definitely can’t be in the story proper.