Hi Everyone, I am not familiar with the following source, as to their 'accuracy', but I found this article which talks about an interview with Mr. Lee and his role as Saruman and 'The Hobbit'.
If you have the time and are interested, here is the link:
Here are some more links to different sources that I have found:
It would be great if Mr. Lee's character was to be part of the new films. I have heard that they will be filming in New Zealand again.
Hoping for the best for Mr. Lee....