“The Hobbit, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The first draft (of the script) is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth. The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons’ and the studio in Miramar.” SIR IAN MCKELLEN updates fans on the progress of THE LORD OF THE RINGS prequel THE HOBBIT in a post on his website.