In November, Amazon and WB made an announcement about a new Lord of the Rings TV series being under development and their plans to create a multi-season series serving as the prequel to the 2001 movie The Fellowship of the Ring. Now, they might not need to work hard to find their Gandalf as Sir Ian McKellen doesn’t seem to be keen to let someone else play the legendary role.
During an appearance on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show, McKellen was questioned about the news regarding a new Gandalf coming to town. “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” he exclaimed. “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked,” McKellen went on. “But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old [yet].”
Although McKellen might be willing to come back, Andy Serkis might not be keen to reprise his role of Gollum. “I don’t know if I’d want to go back into the Lord of the Rings realm,” Serkis 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.”
These are still very early days for the development of the prequel series, and there is no information about cast or production details yet. However, the potential is great for such spinoff shows. Further details will be brought to you once the series gets into active production.