McKellen, Bloom finish Hobbit shoot

02:18, Jun 29 2013
THE ROAD GOES EVER ON: Sir Peter Jackson with Sir Ian McKellen on the final day of shooting for the Gandalf character.

Sir Ian McKellen has played wizard Gandalf for the last time, as shooting wraps for a number of the The Hobbit's major characters.

Sir Peter Jackson shared a picture of himself and McKellen just after shooting ended for the Grey Wizard Gandalf last night. 

"Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now," Jackson said.  

Shooting is also believed to have finished for Evangeline Lilly, who plays elf Tauriel and Orlando Bloom, who reprised his role as Legolas, which he played in Lord of the Rings.

Wellington-made The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13. 

The book, written by JRR Tolkien and then followed by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been transformed into a three-part movie by a team in Wellington led by director Sir Peter Jackson.

The first part of the Hobbit trilogy was premiered in Wellington last year. However, it was confirmed this week the The Desolation of Smaug would not have its world premiere in Wellington.


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