Amazon and Warner Bros. announced last month that a Lord of the Rings TV series was in development, with plans for a multi-season series that will serve as a prequel to 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring. It seems they won’t need to look too hard to find their Gandalf, as Sir Ian McKellen appears reluctant to hand over the iconic role to someone else.
While making an appearance on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show, McKellen was asked how he felt about there being a new Gandalf in town. “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” he replied. “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked,” McKellen continued. “But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old [yet].”
While McKellen wants to return, it appears Andy Serkis would be hesistant to make a return as Gollum. “I don’t know if I’d want to go back into the Lord of the Rings realm,” Serkis said. “I feel like I’ve spent a large chunk of my life doing that. I’ll say good luck and I think fresh eyes are probably a good thing.”
The prequel series is still in the very early stages of its development with no casting information or production details known, though there is reportedly potential for spinoff shows. Additional details will be released as the series enters production.
(via Digital Spy)
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