With filming of The Hobbit set to begin next month in New Zealand, people were beginning to get a bit worried about the role of Gandalf. Specifically, for the longest time Ian McKellen was not confirmed and there was actually some worry that they would end up having to recast Gandalf. That would be just unthinkable.
Well, thankfully the stars have aligned and they managed to work out a deal. McKellen has posted in his own words that he’ll begin filming in New Zealand as Gandalf once again on February 21st. With the start of filming so close, it’s really hard to not get excited about Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-Earth.