Busy director, producer, and writer Guillermo del Toro recently opened up about a few of his most high profile projects. According to MovieFone del Toro gave up some goodies regarding his Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, and his horror adaptation Frankenstein. It’s usually like pulling teeth to get this man to spill the beans, but he let us in on a few key castings for the two films.

In obvious but delightful news, the director confirmed three actors and characters that will be reprising their LOTR roles for The Hobbit. Del Toro stated that Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving will be back in costume and ready to go for the film. This isn’t mind blowing, but it’s something to look forward to.

Next he spoke about his adaptation of Frankenstein, and revealed what actor will star as the title character. It will be long time collaborator Doug Jones, who’s already starred in every del Toro films in multiple different roles (he’s the creepy guy with eyes in his hands in Pan’s Labyrinth, as well as Pan, and most likely the rock he sits on as well). There’s no clarification on whether or not he’ll play the doctor or the monster creation, but I’m assuming the monster, since he’s so good at playing creatures.

Del Toro went on to say that he will begin testing things such as make up for Frankenstein within the next few weeks. He also said he’s “not in a hurry” and is content with shooting the film within five or six years from now. In my opinion wouldn’t that be his only option since he has 900 projects on his plate at the moment?

What do you think of the latest castings from The Hobbit, and Frankenstein?