Ian Mckellen has responded to a few more emails. Check this one out:
Hey there. I sent this email to Sir McKellen, and this is the reply he sent. Interesitng to know that he won’t be there until early next year.
Sir Ian McKellen,
I just wanted to wish you the best in your upcoming adventure as Gandalf in LOTR. I think you will do a great job. How long will it be before you get down to NZ and start filming with Peter Jackson? Anyway, I look forward to seeing you on the screen from Middle Earth.
i will start in new zealand early january 2000 – more news in Grey Book on www.mckellen.com
best wishes ian mckellen
Thanks to Peter for the news!