McKellen wants to play Gandalf again

Ian McKellenIan McKellen, who played the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, says he’s eager to return to the role in the new movie adaptation of The Hobbit. Even though it won’t be directed by LOTR director Peter Jackson, McKellen told Reuters: “When Peter announced he had withdrawn from The Hobbit, he sent me an e-mail saying, ‘Because I am not going to do it, it doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Of course, you must play Gandalf whether I direct or not.’ I am glad to read that it is looking more and more likely…I would be disappointed if they didn’t want to have the original Gandalf.”

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  1. Anonymous • October 15, 2007 @ 11:05 AM

    this movie would be ass without him

  2. ur-mom • October 15, 2007 @ 3:26 PM

    i think it wud be pointless without perter jackson

    who else agrees and dont say no just cuz u dont like peter jackson cuz he makes the movie too long

  3. popou • October 15, 2007 @ 4:21 PM

    Peter Jackson rules!!!

  4. Barry • October 16, 2007 @ 6:19 AM

    I heard Adam Sandler has signed on to play Gandalf.

  5. Anonymous • October 16, 2007 @ 6:27 AM

    I heard that too…

  6. ur-mom • October 16, 2007 @ 4:17 PM

    adam sandler?!?! :O i see the movie going down the drain already

  7. Anonymous • October 16, 2007 @ 7:59 PM

    why not just use the same cast from the lotr series?! it will just make sense, they all worked well in their characters with the exception of viggo mortinsen… he wasnt old enough to play aragorn

  8. It's Pat • October 16, 2007 @ 11:41 PM

    “why not just use the same cast from the lotr series?!”

    The studio may feel McKellen is too old to play Gandalf, and casting Sandler will attract a younger, hipper crowd.

  9. Anonymous • October 16, 2007 @ 11:52 PM

    I think it was that confirmed Sandler as Gandalf. Provocative casting, to say the least!

  10. Anonymous • October 17, 2007 @ 3:30 AM

    I’m betting Sandler surprises everyone.

  11. Anonymous • October 17, 2007 @ 4:36 PM

    “The Hobbit” could very well do for Sandler what “Sting II” did for Mac Davis.

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