Sir Ian McKellen Wraps Shooting on ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

The actor has shot his last scene as Gandalf, saying good-bye to the character forever with a special photo from Peter Jackson.
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Sir Ian McKellen Wraps Shooting on ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

Director Peter Jackson and crew have spent the last few weeks shooting extra scenes and pick-up shots for the next two chapters of his prequel saga The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, as well as any extra needed shots for the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today, he announced that star Ian McKellen has wrapped shooting on the trilogy, saying good-bye to the character of Gandalf forever on set.

Peter Jackson posted this sad photo of his friend moments after the final cut was called, along with a short message.

The Hobbit Set Photo with Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen

"Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now."

Fans not on set don't have to feel so sad quite yet. They'll be seeing plenty of Gandalf on December 13 of this year, when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuts in theaters. And then they can say their final good-byes December 17, 2014, when The Hobbit: There and Back Again becomes the final chapter in this six film spanning series to hit screens. Just remember, we'll always have The Lord of the Rings!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies was released December 17th, 2014.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012.

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  • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

    I'm feeling exhausted of this news


    • OwenLongstrider • 2 years ago

      It is indeed a sad day, but he is and always will be Gandalf, on screen and in our hearts. As Gandalf himself once said, "one stage of your journey is over, another begins"; thank you for the hard work and wonderful performance, and best of luck Sir McKellen!


      • vanboy • 2 years ago

        He;s a real actor and he could pull off anything. Hope he's doing better these days. No matter what happens, he's cemented in immortality, in the realm of cinema and Middle Earth.


        • MillerFarrow • 2 years ago

          @hermie He'll do anything for even more money.


          • hermie • 2 years ago

            Can Director Peter Jackson develop another trilogy focusing on the events on how Sauron came to power with the creation of the Ring up to the epic battle where Sauron was defeated? Attention Mr. Jackson, I hope you can consider?


            • steph-x • 2 years ago

              Brilliant actor and a great character to play, all the best for future projects Sir :) x


              • MillerFarrow • 2 years ago

                It's been a pleasure.


                • David-garcia-67788063 • 2 years ago

                  Damn its gonna be different.


                  • CoreyB • 2 years ago

                    Great actor I wish him nothing but the best in whatever he does next in his career


                    • thehost91 • 2 years ago

                      I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.


                      • slysnide • 2 years ago

                        Sad. They've accomplished so much in this time, yet here I sit uselessly typing on one of a million threads doing nothing with my free time. Somber day in Middle Earth.


                        • the-movieghost • 2 years ago

                          Oh, the feels... D:


                          • agentblue • 2 years ago

                            AHHH sad he is the best character in LOTR. At least he still has Magneto!!!!


                            • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                              what other books should be adapted?


                              • gandalf05 • 2 years ago

                                And Silmarillion???


                                • mr-k • 2 years ago

                                  Don't cry Gandalf. Just.....*sniff* don't cry.


                                  • Kill-Bill • 2 years ago

                                    Still his best role. And of course Magneto


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