Lord Of The Rings actor SIR Ian McKellen is hoping to reprise his role as
wise wizard GANDALF in the film's prequel The Hobbit.
According to industry insiders, it's only a matter of time before
acclaimed director Peter Jackson takes on the new project, which chronicles the
adventures of hobbit BILBO BAGGINS and features some of the characters from the
And McKellen has already warned New Zealander Jackson that failure to
include him in the new cast will result in the end of their friendship.
He says, "I think it will be made. The rights are divided between NEW LINE
CINEMA and another company.
"Once they reconcile that and divide up the booty they'll ask Peter
Jackson. And if he doesn't ask me I'll be very annoyed."