Actor Ian McKellen posted a terrific photo of himself, taken by director Peter Jackson, wearing full Gandalf makeup and 3D glasses on the Wellington, New Zealand, set of The Hobbit. Presumably, McKellen was viewing early 3D footage from the movie. Either that, or J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy tale is getting a “gritty” update …
The sprawling cast of Jackson’s two-movie adaptation also includes Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blachett, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Lee Pace, Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi. The films will be released in 2012 and 2013.
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