How can we not share this photo? Ian McKellen dropped this image onto Flickr last night and says, “The Hobbit is being filmed in 3D. Even wizards have to wear the glasses. Snapped by Peter Jackson in Wellington, 2011.”
More to the point, this is our first look at the new/old Gandalf as Ian McKellen returns to the role for the two Hobbit films. There is no surprise here — it’s Gandalf — but I’m happy to see him back in makeup and hair. Lots of hair. We’re really waiting to get a look at some of the truly new cast in character as various denizens of Middle-Earth, but this is a fun shot regardless. I don’t suppose he was actually watching an early New Zealand screening of Priest, hence the suspicious look?
Check out a larger version after the break.