Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf in Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings”

Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies." Photo by Todd Eyre/New Line/MGM/Wingnut/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5886032ai)

As you may know by now, Amazon prepares a Lord of the Rings TV show. While the production of the show is in early stages, there are some actors already expressing their interest. The latest one to do so is Ian McKellen, who previously starred as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies.

During an appearance at the Graham Norton Show, McKellen was asked to share his thoughts on the chance for someone else to play Gandalf on the TV show. “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” said the actor, 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.”

Although seeing Ian McKellen in the role of Gandalf would be awesome, there isn’t a big chance for that to happen since Amazon will most likely look for a younger cast which doesn’t have ties with previous movies.

Andy Serkis, on the other hand, wouldn’t be so quick to jump on the opportunity. The actor, who portrayed Gollum in the movies, said he thinks a fresh take on the universe is a better thing.

“I don’t know if I’d want to go back into the Lord of the Rings realm,” he 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.”

Although there are many unknowns about the Lord of the Rings TV show, we do know that it will be a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, with a multi-season order and a potential spin-off series. This will be Amazon’s attempt to parry HBO’s Game of Thrones and create an internationally recognizable series.