First shot of Ian McKellen as Gandalf in The Hobbit

And he’s wearing 3D specs

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Ian McKellen has posted online a snapshop of himself on the set of The Hobbit.

And it seems that Gandalf The Grey is a fan of 3D; in the behind the scenes pic, he’s wearing a very cool pair of 3D glasses.

Alright it’s all sort of a joke, seeing as The Hobbit is currently being shot in 3D, but it’s great to see McKellen back in the familiar grey beard as Middle Earth’s favourite sorcerer.

It’s especially comforting for Lord Of The Rings fans who were pulling their hair out for years over Hobbit’s long and tortured pre-production process.

Accompanying the image, McKellen posted: “The Hobbit is being filmed in 3D. Even wizards have to wear the glasses. Snapped by Peter Jackson in Wellington, 2011.”

Elsewhere in Hobbit land, Martin Freeman has just departed the film's production for a scheduled hiatus, during which he'll return to England for filming of BBC TV series Sherlock. Writes McKellen on his blog:

"Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit. This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact.

"Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes.

"No worries: he'll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed."

Think The Hobbit needs to be in 3D? Or should it be shot the same way as Lord Of The Rings? Talk to us below...


    • ChrisWootton

      May 13th 2011, 9:18

      Erm.... What's going on with his nose?

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    • trist808

      May 13th 2011, 9:33

      Nice to see the ZZ Top reunion tour is starting to come together :)

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    • ScottFree

      May 13th 2011, 11:19

      hahaha! nice one! well...Gandalf is one sharp dressed man ;)

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 13th 2011, 11:20

      Ha nice one. Am I going crazy or is that a false nose? It wasn't like that in the other movies.. sorry, don't know why I'm obsessing over this but... it's a different nose, right? RIGHT?

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    • ScottFree

      May 13th 2011, 11:32

      I think so.....but he's playing a younger it's possible. the nose could be a 3d effect.... hahaha!

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    • Kajsmir

      May 13th 2011, 13:53

      @ChrisWootton - it's the same nose, he was wearing a prosthetic in the previous films as well. It's explained in the 'making of', although in reality Ian McKellen does have a pretty large nose, it just wasn't big enough for Gandalf ;)

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    • Ali1748

      May 13th 2011, 14:45

      " I got a b***r "

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 13th 2011, 16:04

      Kajsmir... cheers amigo.

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    • Tombinio

      May 18th 2011, 12:22

      I think Gandalf should be wearing that in the movie

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