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Last Updated: Thursday November 23 2006 10:54 GMT

Rings star 'sad' over Hobbit film

Ian McKellen as Gandalf

One of the biggest stars of the Lord of the Rings films has said it is "sad" that Peter Jackson won't be making a film version of The Hobbit.

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf, said on his website: "I'm very sad as I should have relished revisiting Middle Earth with Peter again."

Jackson is in a legal disagreement with the only people allowed to make a film version of The Hobbit.

An internet petition has already been started to get the decision changed.

Some fans are worried that actors from Jackson's trilogy like Sir Ian won't want to star in The Hobbit if the director isn't involved.

But other fans just want the film made, even it means Jackson won't be involved.

But film company New Line Cinema don't want to wait any longer before making the film, and said it only had a "limited time" to make it.

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