For sometime we've known from a speculative point of view that some of the main stars would be returning to middle earth for The Hobbit prequels. Via third party conversations in the past, Hugo Weaving, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and numerous LOTR actors have all signaled their desires to return if their parts are written into the storyline. But now we have some official announcements straight from the director's mouth.
While talking to BBC Radio 5, director Guillermo del Toro has now officially confirmed that Weaving (Elrond), McKellen (Gandalf) and Serkis (Gollum) will be returning to the roles they played in the original trilogy. Click on the link to listen to the conversation.
Expect more returning stars to be announced as the preproduction moves forward for Warner Bros. and New Line.
The Hobbit: Part I will hit theaters December, 2011. The second part will hit theaters December, 2012.