Now that it’s official that Guillermo Del Toro will direct The Hobbit and its sequel (see Official, No Really: Guillermo del Toro Will Direct ‘The Hobbit’), the director told MTV that he wants to bring back the original cast from the Lord of the Rings trilogy for his two films.
Del Toro Andy said that he was “pretty sure” that Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Ian McKellan (Gandalf) would be back.
But who else will return?
“I want to be very clear about this. I am not going to recast any actor that is willing and able to work with us,” recently announced “Hobbit” director Guillermo Del Toro told MTV News. “It would be my hope to bring back the same actors to play the parts. The casting on the trilogy was perfect.”
When MTV News asked if Ian Holm would return as Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit‘s central character, Del Toro said while it’s too soon to tell, Holm will probably be involved in the film in some way. Considering that The Hobbit takes place over fifty years prior to the events in LOTR, it’s likely that another actor will play the role. “I have many people in mind,” said Del Toro, of the Bilbo casting.
In the interview, Del Toro goes on about other cast and crew members who will be working on the film and gives a hint about what the sequel will entail.
Oh, and he also clears up the recently resurrected issue about he supposedly doesn’t like fantasy films. He explains that it was a two-year-old quote, which doesn’t apply anymore, so rest assured everyone.
I think Del Toro has proven himself in the fantasy genre already, so no need to panic, there’s no way Del Toro will ruin the LOTR franchise.