Breaking news from Warner Bros is that Sir Ian McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit movies, will not be attending the world premier of The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, in Wellington later this month. In a statement from Warner Brothers today, McKellen said he was envious his co-stars could attend. “It is thrilling that Peter and my other friends from the cast and crew will be re-united for the world premiere,” he said. “I know they will have a wonderful welcome from the fans and I envy them. As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love.” Warner Bros. announced the cast and crew members who will be attending the premier including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins). Ten of the remaining 12 dwarf characters will also attend the premiere, as well as Barry Humphries, who plays the Goblin King.