If all the recent depressing Hobbit news has you fearing we'll never get a return visit to Middle-earth, it turns out we have nothing to worry about—not if Sir Ian McKellen is to be believed.
During an appearance on the Fitzy, Claire and Jules radio show in Adelaide to promote his appearance in "Waiting for Godot"—which recently caused him to be mistaken for a tramp, remember?—the actor behind Gandalf expressed confidence that Hobbit filming would begin soon.
Said Sir Ian:
It's in production. The sets are ready, the script's ready and the movie is going to be cast this month. Fans are not to get worried. The films will get made and I suspect we'll start shooting the end of this year.
Of course, McKellen also made public statements back in March about when filming would start, and he first said it would all begin this month, which he later changed to July. So maybe this wizard's prognostications shouldn't be trusted. But still, we can hope, can't we?
As for who would win in a battle between Gandalf and Magneto, on that Sir Ian can be trusted—it's Gandalf!
"Of course!" said McKellen.