London (ANI): Sir Ian Mckellen has said that the shooting of the
troubled 'Lord Of The Rings" prequel "The Hobbit" is expected to
start later this year (10). Fans were left in bewilderment after
Guillermo Del Toro quit as the film"s director on May 10 following
a chain of delays associated with the ongoing financial problems at
The studio was put up for sale in 2009 after falling heavily
into debt, reports the Daily Express. But McKellen, who plays
wizard Gandalf, is positive that the fantasy film - based on J.R.R.
Tolkien's first book - will hit the big screen in due course of
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he wrote, "Hobbit sets are
ready, script ready and movie is casting this month. Fans are not
to worry. The films will get made. I suspect we'll start shooting
at end of this year."