Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis join cast of The Hobbit

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis have finally, officially joined the cast of The Hobbit .

Swiftly following confirmation that Elijah Wood is reprising his role as diminutive hobbit Frodo in the two-parter, both McKellen and Serkis will be returning to Middle Earth as Gandalf and Gollum.

With Deadline reporting that Christopher Lee and Ian Holm are also considering returning, it looks like director Peter Jackson almost has a complete set.

Orlando Bloom’s apparent return is still not yet a done deal, though, with THR reporting that it’s uncertain if a contract with Bloom can be ironed out before filming commences.

Shooting kicks off this February, with the first Hobbit released in December 2012.