McKellen wishes upon a 'Stardust'


Ian Mc- Kellen has signed on to voice the narrator role in Matthew Vaughn's romantic fantasy "Stardust" for Paramount Pictures.

The film, which boasts a cast including Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Charlie Cox, wrapped production in the fall. McKellen is recording his part during postproduction before "Stardust's" July 27 release date.

The film, based on Neil Gaiman's novel, centers on a young man who promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the Faerie realm, where he encounters witches, goblins, gnomes, talking animals and evil trees. Gaiman's fairy tale debuted in 1997 as a four-issue DC Comics miniseries with illustrations by Charles Vess. It was published as a single book the following year.

Paramount's Brad Weston and Dan Levine are overseeing for the studio.

McKellen, a two-time Oscar nominee for his roles in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Gods and Monsters," appeared in two of the biggest hits of 2006: "The Da Vinci Code" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." He is best known for playing Gandalf in the "Rings" trilogy.

He is repped by CAA.