Ian McKellan as Gandalf

Ian McKellan as Gandalf

There is just a day to go now until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits the big screen - I personally cannot wait to get back to Middle Earth.

And while there are going to be a whole host of new faces and characters littering the big screen there are also going to be some familiar ones as well.

So we take a look at some of the actors who are reprising roles for The Lord of the Rings for Peter Jackson's new trilogy.

- Ian McKellan

Ian McKellan is widely regarded as one of the best British actors of his generation and it was always a mystery to me why he was never Oscar nominated for his performance as Gandalf.

He returns to that role in The Hobbit trilogy and it is a welcome return as Gandalf is one of McKellan's greatest creations.

This time around he enlists the help of Bilbo Baggins to help the Dwarves on their journey to the Lonely Mountain.

- Andy Serkis

'My Precious' are two words that will stay with actor Andy Serkis for his whole career after he brought Gollum to life in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

But we are going to be seeing a very different Gollum on the big screen this time around as he is yet to go through the event of LOTR - so it will be a very interesting depiction of this character this time around.

And Serkis didn't just work in front of the camera on this project as he also served as second unit director.

- Cate Blanchett

The Oscar winner is also back as Gladriel - the co-ruler of Lothlorien - a role that she played in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The character of Gladriel does not feature in the novel The Hobbit but there look to be some great scene between Blanchett and McKellan - something we were denied in LOTR.

- Hugo Weaving

Hugo Weaving is also back as Elrond in this first instalment as he gives shelter to Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves in Rivendell.

The Lord of the Rings showed that the character Bilbo Baggins has an affection for Rivendell and a friendship with Elrond and we get to see where all this began with this movie.

- Ian Holm

Ian Holm took on the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings series and will briefly reprise the role in The Hobbit.

He will tell his adventure to a young Frodo Baggins - who will once again be played by Elijah Wood.

We will also be seeing Orlando Bloom reprise the role of Legolas later in the franchise - an image of him and Luke Evans from There And Back Again, the final movie, was released last week.

The: An Unexpected Journey is released 13th December

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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