McKellen wraps it up for Gandalf

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 11:29 29/06/2013
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DONE AND DUSTED: Sir Peter Jackson posted this photo "seconds" after finishing his last shoot with with Gandalf.

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Sir Ian McKellen has played wizard Gandalf for the last time, as filming in New Zealand wraps for a number of 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 was 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, 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 Desolation of Smaug would not have its world premiere in Wellington.

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