Ian McKellen reveals Hobbit date
Sir Ian McKellen has revealed The Hobbit will start filming in New Zealand in July.
The 70-year-old British thespian will reprise his role as wizard Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings prequel, directed by Pan's Labyrinth's Guillermo del Toro and produced by Peter Jackson.
Sir Ian revealed on his blog: "The Hobbit's two films start shooting in New Zealand in July, filming will take over a year."
He added: "Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
"The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington (New Zealand), close to the Jacksons' and the studio in Miramar."