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Sir Ian McKellen defends 3D Hobbit film

  • Sir Ian McKellen, one of the stars of Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, has defended the film following criticism from fans over how it looks in 3D.

    The movie came under fire in April after 10 minutes of unfinished footage was screened at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.

    Some fans complained it "looked like a made-for-TV movie".

    But McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf, believes audiences will be impressed by the film.

    "I've seen enough of it to know it's going to be just as exciting as Lord of the Rings," he said.

    "In fact in some senses it's more exciting because it's in three dimensions. It's not the sort of crude 3D that comes out of the screen. Rather it brings you into Middle Earth. You see round the corners. You see everything."

    The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is due to be released on November 28.

    Along with McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Evangeline Lilly also star. Elijah Wood will be back as Frodo along with Orlando Bloom, who reprises his role as Legolas.

    The second part, The Desolation of Smaug, will be released in 2013. There and Back Again, the final film, is out in 2014.