'The Hobbit': Bret McKenzie plotted musical with Ian McKellen
Published Nov 24 2011, 09:37 GMT | By Hugh Armitage Bret McKenzie
has revealed some stories from the Hobbit
The Flight of the Conchords
co-creator explained that he, Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving spent their time on set planning a musical version of the story.
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"We had a bit of downtime on set, so we started workshopping The Hobbit: The Musical
," McKenzie told The Hollywood Reporter
at the Muppets
He described his role as Lindir in the upcoming movie as "a small part... sort of an elf PA".
"It's amazing. Peter Jackson is just, he's rolling, he's got his flow on," he said of the director.
"The magical, Lord of the Rings
, Middle-earth world - it looks incredible. I've never seen anything so massive."
McKellen, Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles from the Lord of the Rings
trilogy in The Hobbit
Cast newcomers include McKenzie, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner and Luke Evans.The Hobbit
will be divided into two parts and released as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
on December 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again
on December 13, 2013.> 'The Hobbit' trailer will debut in December, says Andy Serkis
> Peter Jackson talks 3D on 'The Hobbit' - video
Watch Bret McKenzie's interview - including a sample of Gandalf's musical part - below: