Casting for The Hobbit will begin this week, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Apart from Ian McKellen, who [is returning] as Gandalf, we are not really offering any roles to anybody until we’ve done a casting sweep,” Peter Jackson said. He also said that production for the two films is on schedule: “We were always planning to shoot around April or May next year, and as far as I’m aware, we’re pretty much on target for that. It depends on how quickly the studio greenlights the film. It’s not in our hands. But as long as we’re shooting next year, we’re fine.”