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Ian McKellen volunteers to reprise role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings TV show on Amazon

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Dec 16, 2017

Ian McKellen brought his aged wisdom as Gandalf to all six of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, but the 78-year-old actor still wants to play the character again. According to Digital Spy, he appeared on The Graham Norton Show with Jenny Seagrove  to promote their West End adaptation of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. While the focus of the show was on demon possession, the conversation eventually turned to Amazon's planned Lord of the Rings series, which was picked up for multiple seasons back in November. 

Prompting McKellen on the subject, Graham said, "Amazon are doing a TV series of Lord of the Rings. Now isn't that annoying? That there's going to be another Gandalf in town?" 

Playing along, McKellen retorted with, "What do you mean, another Gandalf? I haven't said yes because I haven't been asked," the actor continued. "But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?" And then addressing the issue of his age, he added, "Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I'm not too old [yet]."

Amazon promised the series would tap into "previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.” The company also said there would be the potential for spin-offs. If McKellen ends up reprising his role, he'll be the only actor to appear in all live-action versions of Tolkien's works. 

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