As Guillermo del Toro continues his work on The Hobbit, the busy director has confirmed that Andy Serkis, Ian McKellan and Hugo Weaving will return to the roles they originally played in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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The actors will come back as Gollum, Gandalf and Elrond, respectively, which fans had long expected. According to Cinema Blend
, del Toro also confirmed that he’s close to casting decisions on major roles, including Bilbo Baggins.
We previously reported
on details for the new pair of movies, the first of which is expected to open in 2011.
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