Sir Ian McKellan stands ready to reprise his role as Gandalf in the new film adaptation of The Hobbit. Speaking to WWEN, McKellan, who played the role in all three of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, insists that he is the best choice for the role, even though Jackson may not be directing The Hobbit.

McKellan said of his desire to return to the part I certainly hope it's true - have you got anybody else who you think should be doing it?"

McKellen isn't the only Lord of the Rings veteran who would like to return for The Hobbit. Elijah Wood has also expressed an interest in reviving his role as Frodo Baggins.

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New Line Cinema has not, as yet, stated when they will begin production on The Hobbit. A director has not yet officially been named either, though Guillermo del Toro is considered the front-runner.