When word first came out that they were going to be making “The Hobbit” movies (there are going to be two of them) speculation instantly started about who from the original Lord of the Rings movie would be back and who would not. That question hasn’t been completely answered yet… but part of it has.
According to a radio interview that director Guillermo del Toro recently did, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving are all going to be back to reprise their roles as Gandalf, Gollum and Elrond respectively. This is good news.
I would have been fine if they recast the roles, but all other things being equal it’s best to stick with what already works.
I’m very curious to see how the second film evoles. (source: Movie Web)