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Warner Bros., New Line, MGM, producer Peter Jackson and screenwriter and director Guillermo del Toro have been surprisingly quiet on the subject, but returning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy star Ian McKellen certainly isn’t. 

The Oscar-nominated acting legend is returning as Gandalf the Grey for the big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to “Rings” and posted new information regarding the project on his website.

McKellen reports that “The Hobbit” will begin shooting, as expected, in New Zealand as soon as this July.  He also posted that casting has taken place in Los Angeles, New York and London.  McKellen notes, “The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.”

Read the full story at HitFix.


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