Last week The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro told the BBC that Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving would be reprising their roles in the film, however it seems he got a little ahead of himself as Weaving told Moviehole that he hasn’t signed up just yet.
“I knew that if and when it happened I’d get a call and we’d chat about it, but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. Someone said to me ‘I hear you’re doing the Hobbit?’ I said ‘Well, um, probably’, they said “No, no. you’ve signed on’. I haven’t actually talked to anyone about it. Doesn’t mean I won’t be doing it, [I’m] just not onboard yet.”
Weaving hasn’t met the prequel’s director but says the he’s “really excited that [Del Toro] is directing. He’s a fantastic choice – an absolutely wonderful choice, just brilliant. It’d be good to get back together with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan, and whoever else comes back – there’s not many other characters that could come back I guess. Bilbo is back, but you’ve got to have a much younger version of the character. Whereas Elves and Wizards it doesn’t matter – you might just have to age me back though”, he laughs.
I’m pretty sure most of the cast would return if asked and if their schedules allowed it. Even Cate Blanchett who only had a small role in the trilogy said she would be happy to come back. The Lord of the Rings cast are great.