Sir Ian McKellen says he'd play Gandalf again in Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' series if asked
Actor Ian McKellen attends the Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes, France, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard - RC12112710C0
With “Lord of the Rings” getting new life as a TV series at Amazon, one star from the films is volunteering his talent to the upcoming project, if the studio will have him.
Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf the wizard in both the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies of movies has said that he’s open to reprising his role as the titular character for the small screen on whatever Amazon’s project will look like. Appearing on BBC Radio 2’s “The Graham Norton Show,” the host asked if McKellen is annoyed by the prospect of another Gandalf being out there.
“What do you mean, another Gandalf?” the 78-year-old actor said, feigning indignation. “I haven’t said ‘yes,’ because I haven’t been asked, but are you suggesting someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is 7,000 years old, so I’ not too old for it.”
There you have it Middle Earthlings, it seems that the actor, who is currently appearing in the West End version of ‘The Exorcist,’ is open to reprising his role as Gandalf once again. However, it’s unclear at this time if there’s a place for him in the Amazon series, which is still in its very early stages.
As Entertainment Weekly reported last month, Amazon closed a multi-season production commitment to adapt the works of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic “The Lord of the Rings” for TV. Amazon is reportedly working closely with the Tolkien Estate and Trust to make a worthy adaptation of his famed story.
No one from Amazon was immediately available for comment.