Ian McKellen Eyes 'Hobbit' Role
He says, "If I am still functioning and working well, it is very likely I would be asked to do it. I am glad to read that it is looking more and more likely. I would be disappointed if they didn't want to have the original Gandalf."
And the Lord of the Rings' original director Peter Jackson, who pulled out of the planned production due to a legal dispute with film studio New Line, has given his support if McKellen chose to appear in the prequel.
McKellen adds, "When Peter announced he had withdrawn from The Hobbit, he sent me an email saying: 'Because I am not going to do it, it doesn't mean you have to do the same. Of course, you must play Gandalf whether I direct or not'."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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