Actor Ian McKellen attends the Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes, France, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard – RC12112710C0
With “Lord of the Rings” to a new life as a TV series at Amazon, one of the stars from the movies is volunteering his talent for the upcoming project, as 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 is open to reprising his role as the titular character for the small screen what Amazon project will look like. On BBC Radio 2’s “The Graham Norton Show,” the host asked as McKellen is irritated by the prospect of another Gandalf is there.
“What do you mean, another Gandalf?” the 78-year-old actor said, feigning indignation. “I have not said ‘yes,’ because I haven’t asked, but are you suggesting someone else to play? Gandalf is 7,000 years old, so I’ not too old for this.”
There you have the Middle of the 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 again. However, it is unclear at this time if there is a place for him in the Amazon series, which is still in a very early stage.
As Entertainment Weekly reported last month, Amazon signed a multi-season production commitment to adapting the works of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic’ The Lord of The Rings” for the TV. Amazon is reportedly working closely with the Tolkien Estate and Trust in order to be a worthy adaptation of his famous story.
No one from Amazon was immediately available for comment.