9:54 pm - 11/18/2012

Ian McKellen will be missing The Hobbit premiere

Sir Ian McKellen will give the premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey a miss as other stars of the movie turn out in Wellington next week.

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."

In his absence, a huge instalment of Gandalf the Grey, Sir Ian's character in the movie, was unveiled at the front of the Embassy Theatre.

Those who will attend the red carpet along the capital's Courtenay Place include Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis who are reprising roles from Lord of the Rings in the new JRR Tolkien-inspired movie.

Martin Freeman, who plays the central role of Bilbo Baggins will attend, as well as Richard Armitage who plays Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield.

The Company of Dwarves will also join filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Pre-carpet entertainment on Wednesday 28 starts at 3pm with guests arriving from 4.30pm.

Gandalf the Grey atop the Embassy

The statue of Gandalf was unveiled over the weekend, and hangs on the Embassy Theatre where the premiere will take place.

Three sculptors worked for around 500 hours to fabricate the statue, using materials such as 2400 bamboo skewers, 600 grass skirts and 153 litres of paint.

It stands at 9.4 metres tall, which is approximately 4.5 times taller than Sir Ian.

fruitchews 19th-Nov-2012 07:35 am (UTC)
Luna and everyone works tho'. Like Luna and Arwen. I bet even Sauron would be way happier with Luna and rule the land all peacefully instead of being a major dick.
cuteej4 19th-Nov-2012 07:37 am (UTC)
Lmao and they lived happily ever after
fruitchews 19th-Nov-2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Exactly. Elves leaving to where? Who cares! Luna is ruling the land!

That makes the story five times better since the elf story makes me sad.
cuteej4 19th-Nov-2012 07:44 am (UTC)
They all read the Quibbler too
fruitchews 19th-Nov-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
cuteej4 19th-Nov-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
Imagine all the Elves walking around in their gorgeous robes wearing those glasses from Luna
20727 19th-Nov-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
elves totally dance like this
cuteej4 19th-Nov-2012 07:52 am (UTC)
Is there any other way?
fruitchews 19th-Nov-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Then the dwarves would finally get why they hate elves for reasons other than their pure beauty.
cuteej4 19th-Nov-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
The dwarves are all hufflepuffs
fruitchews 19th-Nov-2012 07:57 am (UTC)
They are obviously jealous of all the elven Ravenclaws. And the elves would be jealous of the dwarf house colors and the fact the dwarves can grow facial hair.
cuteej4 19th-Nov-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
But the Elves have that luxurious hair that looks so shiny and brushed. Elves don't even show emotion. lol
fruitchews 19th-Nov-2012 08:02 am (UTC)
It is a win/lose situation. The lack of a facial hair for beautiful head heir that they can braid. For dwarves it's facial hair over tallness.

IDT I'm making any sense now.
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