If you want to know why Sir Ian McKellen is trending on Twitter, the man’s not dead. And clearly, his career isn’t either: according to The Hollywood Reporter, the star has officially signed on to reprise his Lord of the Rings role as Gandalf in Peter Jackson‘s upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. This follows news that Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, and Cate Blanchett would all be returning as Gollum, Frodo, and Galadriel, respectively. They would join Richard Armtage, Being Human star Aidan Turner, and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman in the cast. (Hey, with Harry Potter ending, we gotta have another franchise to keep Britain’s actors employed, right?)
And The Sun today is reporting that Orlando Bloom will grab a cool $2 million just for making a two-minute appearance in the film as Legolas, the elf he played in Lord of the Rings. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that no deal has been signed yet, but c’mon: if that $2 million figure is real, take the money and run, dude. You have a new mouth to feed these days.