Major casting is well under way for the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, with official signatures on the dotted line for Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), and of course Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Wood, whose character is not alive at the time of The Hobbit, would appear in a prologue linking The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings.
Also rumored to be in talks: Christopher Lee (Saruman), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), David Tennant (The Elvenking) and Ian Holm (Old Bilbo).
Some online sources are claiming that Orlando Bloom has demanded, and will get, a $1,000,000 fee for a cameo appearance as Legolas, the son of The Elvenking Thranduil.
The films are still set to begin production next month in New Zealand, and will premiere in December 2012 and 2013.Tags: Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, David Tennant, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit (film)