As the curtain draws to a close on 2017, we should try to look forward to the good the future may hold, and what better future could there be than one where Sir Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings?
As I’m sure everyone and their warg knows by now, Amazon have purchased the rights to make a television show based upon Tolkien’s Middle Earth legendarium. As for any further details on the project, everything is unknown. The show is very early into its production, so fans do not even know where or when it will be set in Middle Earth’s long, long history. We know that it is not going to be a direct adaptation of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, and it seems that Amazon do not have the rights to adapt any of Tolkien’s other, far earlier works. This in all likelihood means they will be making an original story set around the time of Lord of the Rings; think Shadow of Mordor without the hilarious voice acting or you holding a controller.
Earlier this month, however, Sir Ian McKellen, who played the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s popular film adaptation of The Lord of The Rings, hinted that he would be interested in reprising his role. While being interviewed on BBC Radio, McKellen was asked if he would return, he said:
“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. Are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old”
Good news for fans, hopefully Amazon will consider contacting him if they plan to feature Gandalf in their new series. Of course, while Gandalf is a divine spirit enclosed in the body of an old man, sadly Sir Ian McKellen is just a lowly mortal, and the years are gaining. Sir Christopher Lee certainly looked his age when it came time to appear in The Hobbit, so let us hope this series enters filming quickly so we can make the most of Sir Ian’s outstanding abilities before he… err… reunites with Eru Illuvatar in the halls of his fathers.