12 Jan '11, 3am

Ian McKellen will make a return to Middle Earth, as he announced he would reprise the role of Gandalf in The Hobbit

Ian McKellen poses for photographers as he attends a movie premiere. McKellen announced on his website that he would reprise his role as Gandalf in upcoming two-part blockbuster The Hobbit. -- PHOTO: AFP NEW YORK - IAN McKellen is returning to Middle Earth. The 71-year-old actor will reprise his role as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's two-part blockbuster The Hobbit. McKellen confirmed his casting on his website on Tuesday. McKellen wrote that his 'worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.' Production is to begin in New Zealand in February. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, the two films follow the first adventures in Middle Earth, predating Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Also returning for The Hobbit are Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis. -- AP

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