Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Hobbit Sets Serkis, More Rumored
Andy Serkis is now set to reprise his role as Gollum in the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.
New Line confirmed Serkis' casting to Variety. Serkis, as you know, played Gollum (and Smeagol) in the Lord of the Rings films. The Hobbit will reunite him with that trilogy's Oscar-winning director, Peter Jackson.
Meanwhile, Deadline claims "others who appeared in The Lord of the Rings poised to return at this point include Ian McKellen (who's still working out a deal to return as Gandalf in a major role), Christopher Lee is in talks to reprise the wizard Saruman, and Ian Holm to return as an older version of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman is playing that title role in the two new movies)."
Pre-production on The Hobbit is currently under way in New Zealand for a February start.