Sir Ian McKellen Wraps Shooting on 'The Hobbit' Trilogy

The actor has shot his last scene as Gandalf, saying good-bye to the character forever with a special photo from Peter Jackson.
Director Peter Jackson and crew have spent the last few weeks shooting extra scenes and pick-up shots for the next two chapters of his prequel saga The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, as well as any extra needed shots for the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today, he announced that star Ian McKellen has wrapped shooting on the trilogy, saying good-bye to the character of Gandalf forever on set.

Peter Jackson posted this sad photo of his friend moments after the final cut was called, along with a short message.

The Hobbit Set Photo with Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen

"Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now."


Fans not on set don't have to feel so sad quite yet. They'll be seeing plenty of Gandalf on December 13 of this year, when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuts in theaters. And then they can say their final good-byes December 17, 2014, when The Hobbit: There and Back Again becomes the final chapter in this six film spanning series to hit screens. Just remember, we'll always have The Lord of the Rings!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013 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: There and Back Again comes to theaters December 17th, 2014 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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.


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Comments (17)

  1. Zak Lee Ferguson

    I'm feeling exhausted of this news

    10 months agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  2. OwenLongstrider

    It is indeed a sad day, but he is and always will be Gandalf, on screen and in our hearts. As Gandalf himself once said, "one stage of your journey is over, another begins"; thank you for the hard work and wonderful performance, and best of luck Sir McKellen!

    10 months agoby @OwenLongstriderFlag

  3. Vanboy

    He;s a real actor and he could pull off anything. Hope he's doing better these days. No matter what happens, he's cemented in immortality, in the realm of cinema and Middle Earth.

    10 months agoby @vanboyFlag

  4. MillerFarrow

    @hermie He'll do anything for even more money.

    10 months agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  5. hermie

    Can Director Peter Jackson develop another trilogy focusing on the events on how Sauron came to power with the creation of the Ring up to the epic battle where Sauron was defeated? Attention Mr. Jackson, I hope you can consider?

    10 months agoby @hermieFlag

  6. StephieBaybee

    Brilliant actor and a great character to play, all the best for future projects Sir :) x

    10 months agoby @steph-xFlag

  7. MillerFarrow

    It's been a pleasure.

    10 months agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  8. David garcia

    Damn its gonna be different.

    10 months agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  9. CoreyB

    Great actor I wish him nothing but the best in whatever he does next in his career

    10 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  10. The Knight Has Risen

    I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.

    10 months agoby @thehost91Flag

  11. slysnide

    Sad. They've accomplished so much in this time, yet here I sit uselessly typing on one of a million threads doing nothing with my free time. Somber day in Middle Earth.

    10 months agoby @slysnideFlag

  12. the MovieGhost

    Oh, the feels... D:

    10 months agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  13. AgentBlue

    AHHH sad he is the best character in LOTR. At least he still has Magneto!!!!

    10 months agoby @agentblueFlag

  14. Xenon

    what other books should be adapted?

    10 months agoby @xenon56Flag

  15. Gandalf05

    And Silmarillion???

    10 months agoby @gandalf05Flag

  16. Mr.K

    Don't cry Gandalf. Just.....*sniff* don't cry.

    10 months agoby @mr-kFlag

  17. Kill-Bill

    Still his best role. And of course Magneto

    10 months agoby @Kill-BillFlag