“There is a whole other chapter, so to speak, which is the comings and goings of Gandalf which are dealt with; people that know the lore know that Gandalf was delayed with a crisis… with a character that is very shady called the Necromancer that proves to be Sauron.”
Following this, he made the casting announcement Lord Of The Rings fans have been dying to hear. Starting with the news that Andy Serkis would return as Gollum, he then went on to announce some more additions to The Hobbit’s cast list.
“Yes, Ian McKellen is back, [and] Hugo Weaving in the roles they originated in the trilogy.”
Adding to this, del Toro had scant information about the construction of the dragon Smaug – “[They’ve] cracked the basic engineering” – but admitted that there are still months of work needed to get this classic baddie ready for the screen.
The first part of The Hobbit is pencilled in for a December 2011 release and part two will follow at the same time in 2012.