Concern arose over McKellen being unable to reprise the role he so lovingly brought to life in the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy when the actor revealed on November 2nd that he had not yet signed a contract to return. He did not explain further, hoping too not complicate the matter any more than it already was.
Late Wednesday, in a rather subtle move, Ian McKellen broke the news that he is indeed returning to the world of The Hobbit by updating his own personal website. Here is what he wrote in his 2010 feature film section:
An official press release announcing Ian McKellen's return as Gandalf in The Hobbit is expected soon. To check out more on Ian McKellen,
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes to theaters December 13th, 2013 and stars Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.