When The Hobbit was still in pre-production it was rumored, audiences would see some of The Fellowship of the Rings characters returning for the prequel. On his blog, Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, confirmed Hugo Weaving would return as Elrond.
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. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.
So a double dose of good news here. While I really enjoyed Fellowship, The Hobbit has always been one of my favorite fantasy stories, and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.