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Monday, November 19, 2012
Ian McKellen to miss first Hobbit premiere
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 TV 3 News
Sir Ian McKellan (AAP)
There may be a nearly 10-metre statue of Gandalf the Grey above the cinema, but the actor who plays the character in The Hobbit movies, Sir Ian McKellen, won't be at the premiere to see it for himself.
Warner Bros has announced the stars who will attend next week's first screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington, which will be preceded by a red-carpet event along Courtenay Place.
Joining filmmakers Sir Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens will be Martin Freeman, who plays the central role of Bilbo Baggins; Richard Armitage, who stars as the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield; Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, who play Elf Queen Galadriel and Elf Lord Elrond; Andy Serkis who plays Gollum, and Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins.
McKellen, who plays wizard Gandalf, will be unable to attend but in the media release for the red carpet announcement said it would be thrilling for fellow cast members.
"I know they will have a wonderful welcome from the fans and I envy them. As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love."
Ten of the remaining 12 dwarf characters will also attend the premiere, as well as Barry Humphries, who plays the Goblin King.
Over the weekend a 9.4-metre statue of Gandalf was erected above the entrance to the Embassy Theatre.