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– by Nick Doll

Once a wizard, always a wizard.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings television series becomes closer to reality each day. There is a multi-season production commitment for the show, including potential spin-offs, which will start by exploring story-lines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring.

We don’t know if Gandalf will have a role in all this, though why wouldn’t he? He always seems to be up to something even when hobbits are not around to mess with. IF Gandalf is a set character, there is one actor who would like to play him… and he’s done it a few times before.

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Appearing on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show over the weekend, McKellen was asked if it would bother him if another actor puts on his wizard hat:

“What do you mean, another Gandalf?

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.”

Unless this series is meant to be a prequel to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, it would seem odd to cast McKellen as Gandalf again in what would essentially be a reboot. So, we shall see if he is even offered the gig.

Would you want to see Ian McKellen return to the role of Gandalf in Amazon’s LOTR TV series? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: BBC Radio 2 (via The Wrap)

  • Mad Barchetta

    Would love to see him back in the role, but it would seem odd, if these shows aren’t really connected to Jackson’s films. i suspect they won’t be directly tied to them, so it’s probably best to recast, as much as I loved McKellan’s portrayal, overall.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    If these are going to be connected to the films then he would be the only choice.

  • Moby85

    I agree with Kindofabigdeal, McKellen would give the show not only a solid link to the films but he’d be a big enough draw to help with the branding. He seems legitimately interested, not an offhand comment, so if I were the producers I’d jump all over this.