Ian Mckellen and Andy Serkis Are Now Official
As we reported last week, the official word for Ian Mckellen and Andy Serkis joining the Hobbit cast was imminent, and today it became official. The studio announced the news shortly after the news broke that Elijah Wood was returning as Frodo, despite never making an appearance in the Book.
Specifics about the delay in signing was not given, however, our sources say that “small contract details” were being ironed out.
Andy Serkis will of course return to play the role of Gollum, which will require him to once again put on the rubber, motion detecting suit. There is quite a difference of what they can do with CGI capture animation, in regards to movable characters, since the Lord of the Rings movies were released, so it will be very interesting to see how real Gollum looks in the Hobbit movies, as Peter Jackson seems to be buying only the best for these movies.
The signing of Serkis and Mckellen acts as the two big unknowns that were left questionable, however there still remain “unofficial” rumors of actors who are supposedly casted for the film (Billy Nighy and Leonard Nimoy).