Last week the trades reported that the highly-anticipated “The Hobbit” – the prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Peter Jackson – was still very much happening…only it’d been delayed a year or so. That was the first we’d heard of a delay, and if actor Ian McKellen’s recent comments are anything to go by, the first the cast had heard of one too.
McKellen, in Melbourne at the moment for a local production of “Waiting for Godot”, had expected to film the movie in April but a month later, he still hasn’t got a contract, let alone a start date.
“That should have started in April but they didn’t contact me about a contract until a few weeks ago and we’re in negotiation”, What’s Playing quoted the actor as telling Play. “I shall see (director) Guillermo del Toro and (executive producer) Peter Jackson when I’m in New Zealand after we’ve been to Australia and well find out more then.”
Continues McKellen, “I’ve read the script, or as much as had been written, they sent it to me, which was very accomplished and good, I thought, and a wonderful part, Gandalf. But I don’t have a contract and I don’t have a start date, so there we are. We’re in a bit of limbo at the moment”.