Andy Serkis doesn't expect to be in Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series

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Feb 12, 2019, 1:00 PM EST (Updated)

One of the big rumors we’ve heard this week suggests that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series may place its focus on a young Aragorn, the Ranger portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in Peter Jackson’s trilogy. But what about other characters from the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's stories? Andy Serkis provided the motion-capture performance and the voice of Gollum in all six movies directed by Jackson. However, when asked by CinemaBlend whether he would return for the TV series, Serkis seemed more than ready to move on from his iconic role.

“Oh boy, listen, I mean… I don’t think so,” replied Serkis. “And if I was anyone making those, they’re obviously going to want to start fresh and create something brand new. And that’s how it should be. That’s what you do with great, classic pieces of work. Like [The Jungle Book]. It bears repetition, and it bears reinterpretation. And I think it needs a fresh pair of ears and eyes, and I’m sure that’s the way they’ll go.”

The reason that Serkis is using The Jungle Book as an example is that he’s directing his own take on Rudyard Kipling’s stories later this year with Mowgli. Considering that Serkis’ film is coming only two years after Jon Favreau’s wildly successful live-action Jungle Book for Disney, it’s easier to understand his perspective about offering a fresh perspective to entice moviegoers. 

As for Gollum, it’s unclear whether he will be in the Lord of the Rings series, although he is one of the few characters who lived between the timeframe of the LOTR novels and The Hobbit. That alone should make Gollum a prime candidate for at least a cameo appearance in the show, when it eventually goes forward at Amazon.