THE HOBBIT and MAGNETO Update From Sir Ian McKellen

     October 13, 2009

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At the San Sebastian Film Festival, Sir Ian McKellen was asked about the status of director Guillermo del Toro’s “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit” and “X-Men Origins: Magneto”. What he said after the jump:

On The Hobbit, McKellen said:

bilbo_baggins_the_hobbit_image_lord_of_the_rings.jpg“The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon. Then they’ll be budgeted, and then they’ll be cast. And they’ll be going when they’ve always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, ‘We’re going to film for 383 days.’ He’s got that artistic autism! Jackson’s the same; they’re very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they’ve so much in common. They both can’t stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they’re both obsessed with gore and fantasy. Both of them laugh a great deal. Guillermo’s one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever met. His English vocabulary is way superior to mine!”

On the return of other “LOTR” actors, McKellen said the only one he’s heard is Andy Serkis.

Finally, when he was asked about “X-Men Origins: Magneto”, he said:

“There’s meant to be a Magneto script floating around, but I’ve not read it, so I suspect it wouldn’t involve me. I think it would be about the younger Magneto, and the most I could hope for would be to top and tail that. They can’t have someone whose face is as lined as mine any longer!”

For more on the story, hit Empire. Also, with “The Hobbit” filming next year, you can expect tons of “Lord of the Rings” stories over the next year. Get ready.

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