Ian McKellan

Is Ian Mckellan to play Gandalf in the Hobbit?, though not totally confirmed, it has been confirmed he will be involved in the new film being directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

He was quoted as saying:

" As Guillermo del Toro's directing it, I should be so lucky. And in New Zealand, a place I love, so it's almost an ideal job for me."

Meanwhile, McKellan said that he has not seen a script yet for the proposed X-Men spinoff film featuring his character, Magneto. David Goyer has written a script, but it has not made it to the actor yet.

The success of the upcoming prequel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which stars Hugh Jackman, could determine Magneto's prospects.