Sir Ian McKellen wants Amazon to know that he’s not too old to play Gandalf in their “Lord of the Rings” series
As Game of Thrones edges toward its eventual close (ok, in 2019, but still), TV creators are looking for the next larger-than-life fantasy series. Amazon is leading the charge with a TV version of the beloved epic Lord of the Rings. And that means we’ll see a whole new cast of actors playing iconic roles like Frodo Baggins and Gandalf. Or, will we? Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in all three original LOTR films, recently hinted that he could be down to reprise his role in the Amazon Lord of the Rings series. Which would be amazing, because Sir Ian McKellen IS Gandalf. There could be no true replacement.
According to Uproxx, Graham Norton recently asked McKellen about the reboot on his BBC Radio 2 show. Norton was curious if seeing someone else play Gandalf would be strange for the actor. That’s when McKellen spoke the words we all longed to hear: “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”
Sir Ian McKellen clarified that he hadn’t yet been asked to reprise the role. But, he also implied that if he was asked, he would consider it! So, Amazon, you need to call him ASAP. And while you’re at it, why not call some other members of the original cast? We need more Lord of the Rings reunion photos.
Some casting ideas: Hire Sean Astin, fresh off a memorable stint on Stranger Things, to be an older Samwise Gamgee. And you can’t tell us that Orlando Bloom doesn’t have enough room in his schedule to reprise his role as the swoon-worthy Legolas.
McKellen, who is 78 years old, made a good point about the character of 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.
Hear that, Amazon? Sir Ian McKellen is not too old! Call him!