Ian McKellen Really Wants To Play Gandalf In The New 'LOTR' TV Series


It can be hard to talk about The Lord Of The Rings without thinking about Gandalf the Grey – who became Gandalf the White in the sequel movie, The Two Towers.

Gandalf, also known as the Istari (the Elf for "Wise Ones") always turns up when needed, in epic scenes such as his fight against the Balrog, the heroic charge against the Uruk-hai at Helm's Deep or when he summoned the Lords of the Eagles at the Black Gate.

In Peter Jackson's six movies opus, Gandalf was played by Ian McKellen and apparently, he could also star in the fantasy TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's work.

In an interview with Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, the seventy-year-old actor was asked about Amazon's project and his possible part in it. He clearly objects to the idea of someone else getting the role:

"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."

It's pretty certain the actor's broad hint will reach Amazon, who remains cagey about the whole thing. All we can be sure at the moment is that it'll be an expensive venture and that it'll be a prequel to the original trilogy.

Let's hope Ian McKellen will get to walk Middle Earth again and who knows, maybe he'll be accompanied by some of the stars from the movie version.