Actor Ian McKellen, best known as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films, and Magneto in the X-Men films, recently spoke to Empire Magazine about the forthcoming adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit and its following sequel.
Here is what McKellan had to say about the Guillermo Del Toro-directed projects:
"The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon," he revealed. "Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they've so much in common. They both can't stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they're both obsessed with gore and fantasy. Both of them laugh a great deal. Guillermo's one of the most brilliant men I've ever met. His English vocabulary is way superior to mine!"
Read more of what he had to say here, including some thoughts on the X-Men spinoff Magneto.