Gandalf the White speaks! In his latest responses to fan queries on his E-Post, the iconic actor talked about the upcoming The Hobbit and The Hobbit Sequel and his possible involvement. Here's what the wizard/knight had to say.

So has it come to pass, good Sir McKellen? Shall the dreaming masses with their musty books and their blackened pipes at long last hear those immortal words issue from under that famous nose? "Yes, yes, my dear sir-and I know your name, Mr. Bilbo Baggins. And you do know my name, though you don't remember that I belong to it. I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me! To think I should have lived to be good-morninged by Belladonna Took's son, as if I was selling buttons at the door!" Looking about, I find I share the same hopes as millions of others, so I ask, a single query in a chorus... Will you again be our Gandalf in The Hobbit now that the deal is settled?

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Ian McKellan: Yes I will, if Peter Jackson and I have anything to do with it, he being the producer and me being, on the whole, a very lucky actor. I've just read your quote out loud - fabulous speech.

Have you been approached yet by Peter Jackson or anyone else about reprising your wonderful role as Gandalf for the two upcoming The Hobbit movies. I read that principal photography begins in 2009, and I can't imagine those movies without you!

Ian McKellan: Encouragingly, Peter and Fran Walsh have told me they couldn't imagine The Hobbit without their original Gandalf. Their confidence hasn't yet been confirmed by the director Guillermo del Toro but I am keeping my diary free for 2009!

We'll have more on any The Hobbit developments as they arise. The Hobbit and The Hobbit Sequel and set to film back-to back with the first slated for a 2010 release while the sequel will follow in 2011.

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