Ian McKellen has read The Hobbit!

The first script, at least…

Hobbit watchers, prepare to be jealous of Ian McKellen. For he has read the script for the first film.

Yes, the pages that have finally been delivered by Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson and Philipa Boyens, are circulating to those already committed to the movie.

And, one assumes, could be on the 'net before the end of the week (just kidding!)

The man who wears Gandalf's robes naturally can't say very much yet about the script, but at least it means the damn thing is edging closer to production.

"As Peter has said, they loved writing Gandalf for The Hobbit because they knew who they were writing him for," McKellen tells Sci Fi Wire. "

There are a lot of characters in The Hobbit including, crucially, Bilbo, and they don't know who's going to play Bilbo. So it's extremely attractive that this part has been written for me.

"The other Gandalf was written for, well, just as Gandalf. There's lots for me to enjoy, in all sorts of ways. And I couldn't be happier. But I'm sworn to secrecy. I'm not to say anything at all about the script."

He can, however, gush about how well GDT and Jackson have meshed.

"They are the same person. They were separated at birth. They're twins.

"They have the same attitude. Neither likes working in Hollywood. They're both fascinated by fantasy and violence on the screen, and gore, and things that frighten you.

"They like going into the psyche. They're both brilliant storytellers in very much the same way. And I think the script, because I have read it, plays very much to Guillermo's strengths, as I've seen them."

[Source: Sci fi Wire]

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    • meridian2026

      Nov 3rd 2009, 12:17

      Brilliant! I hope some of the scenes included in "The Hobbit" will be Dol Guldor & the Necromancer. Also the interrogation of Gollum by Gandalf & Aragorn before he escapes. Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson and Philipa Boyens will be a fantastic team. By the way-Ron Perlman would be perfect as Beorn!!

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    • andyprice

      Nov 3rd 2009, 13:37

      Here here, can't wait for this film!

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 3rd 2009, 23:54

      The Hobbit is the only film on the horizon that I am excited about I just cannot wait for it.

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    • SamaElPrime

      Nov 6th 2009, 15:51

      Del Todo is actually directing this huh? Well, now that he is following Peter Jackson's steps it's his time to lose some weight after the production!

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    • SamaElPrime

      Nov 6th 2009, 15:52

      I mean: Del Toro. A little typing error there.

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