McKellen has played the wizard in all six of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, including the three-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Following the news that Amazon is planning a TV show around the Tolkien classic, McKellen said that no one else should play the iconic role except him.
Could McKellen actually return to Middle-earth, though? "That there's going to be another Gandalf in town", Norton remarked. "The director of the theatre I was working at showed me some photographs he got from women who were wanting jobs", he said.
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It's hard to deny that McKellen has a point: Gandalf isn't a role with a shelf life, and the actor might fancy adding an Emmy nod to the Oscar nomination he earned for 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
He said: "What do you mean, another Gandalf?" Why we quite need "Lord of the Rings" as a TV series baffles me slightly.
Tolkien's estate discussed the possibility of bringing "Lord of The Rings" to the small screen with Amazon, HBO and Netflix.
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The 78-year-old veteran was responding to a request from the packed audience on December 4 for his take on the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The new Amazon-produced television series, which is still in the very early stages, is going to be extremely expensive to create.
While appearing on Radio 2's Graham Norton Show this weekend, McKellen rejected any chatter that a new actor could succeed him the role, offering an appalled: "What do you mean, another Gandalf?"
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