Christopher Lee Likely To Return For <i>The Hobbit</i>

The list of actors from The Lord of the Rings trilogy that have agreed to reprise their roles for Peter Jackson's two-part The Hobbit continues to grow. After yesterday's revelation that Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are officially back on board as Gandalf the Grey and the bug-eyed Gollum comes word that Sir Christopher Lee is following their lead -- health permitting, that is.

The announcement was made on Lee's official website, with a small update informing us: "Sir Christopher Lee had been in talks to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman and it now looks certain, providing that he is in good health, that he will be appearing in the movie." It's great to hear that Lee is close to an official return, but that little bit about "good health" is at least a little bit troubling, isn't it? It's not shocking to hear -- Lee is 88 years old, though he's as youthful an 88-year-old as I've ever seen. Here's hoping his health holds up for numerous reasons beyond a Hobbit cameo.

[via Bleeding Cool]

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