Well, there was really very little doubt about this, but we now have confirmation that Hugo Weaving will be in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit reprising his Lord Of The Rings roll of the elven lord Elrond.
Gandalf himself, Ian McKellen, confirmed such today on his blog, while writing about the upcoming planned hiatus the production will be taking -
Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit.
This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact. Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. No worries: he’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.
McKellan also mentions that Sylvester McCoy and Flight Of The Concords star Bret McKenzie are preparing to film their own portions of the film. After so many set backs its nice to know that now that cameras have started things are progressing smoothly.