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Hugo Weaving's Back for The Hobbit and Martin Freeman's Temporarily Gone

By May 11, 2011

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Hugo WeavingPeter Jackson's brought back yet another Lord of the Rings player as confirmed by Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen's been keeping fans up to date about The Hobbit happenings on his website, with his most recent post confirming Hugo Weaving's return as Elrond. And although Weaving's return is happy news, Sir McKellen had Hobbit fans hearts racing with his headline: "Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit." Fortunately, he quickly went on to explain Freeman's absence will just be a temporary thing.

"Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes. No worries: he'll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond."

Peter Jackson's shooting The Hobbit films back-to-back in digital 3D. New Line has set a December 19, 2012 release for Part 1 with Part 2 following in December 2013.

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(Photo of Hugo Weaving by Jason Merritt by Getty Images)

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