From Speaking to Melbourne’s Play yesterday, Sir Ian McKellen – currently appearing in an Australian production of Waiting for Godot at the Comedy Theatre – says he had expected to start work on the first of the two Hobbit movies a few weeks ago. “That should have started in April but they didn’t contact me about a contract until a few weeks ago and we’re in negotiation”, the actor, who’d be reprising his Lord of the Rings‘ role Gandalf for the film, said. “I shall see (director) Guillermo del Toro and (executive producer) Peter Jackson when I’m in New Zealand after we’ve been to Australia and well find out more then.” More..