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Sir Ian McKellen Is Interested In Playing Gandalf For Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Series

Sir Ian McKellen Is Interested In Playing Gandalf For Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Series

He said he hasn't agreed to anything yet, because he hasn't been asked.

Last month Amazon confirmed it would be making a Lord of the Rings TV series. The streaming service is bringing Middle Earth to the small screen, as well as potentially exploring 'spin-offs and it all sounds fairly exciting.

However, some fans were worried that the new series couldn't possibly compete with the Peter Jackson franchise, which is understandable because it is fucking awesome.

Naturally, one of the biggest questions fans had was who would be playing the roles, I mean, let's be honest, it's hard to imagine anyone but Sir Ian McKellen playing the role of Gandalf, isn't it?


Well, the good news is, we might not have to. Because the actor has said he would be up for donning his wizard beard once again. Amazing news.

Ian appeared on Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show today and when he was asked if he thought the idea of another Gandalf was going to be annoying, he replied: "What do you mean, another Gandalf?"

Before adding: "I haven't said yes because I haven't been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I'm not too old."

Someone needs to ask him, pronto.

There really is only one man who could play Gandalf, isn't there? Credit: PA

Amazon confirmed plans to adapt the J.R.R. Tolkien books for its streaming service in November.

Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's head of scripted programming, Sharon Tal Yguado, said: "The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen.

"We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth."


Meanwhile, representative for the Tolkien estate and HarperCollins Matt Galsor let slip that their could be spin-off. He said: "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on JRR Tolkien's original writings."

Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Films, UK Entertainment, Amazon, Films and TV, Lord Of The Rings