The veteran actor has no particular interest in defending any kind of “life claim” on Gandalf.
Maybe the series of The Lord of the rings prepared by Amazon Prime Video has been absolutely topical this summer, but the truth is that it still separates us exactly one year from its long-awaited debut on the streaming platform. Of course, in recent weeks we have been able to know the expected release date of the fiction -2 September 2022-, see a first image from which some conclusions have already been drawn, know that the filming of season 1 has ended and stay in one piece with the news that the second installment will move production from New Zealand to the UK. In this scenario, it is clear that, as much as we have a long wait ahead of us, the year that will be filled with revelations and details that fans of the JRR Tolkien fantasy story look forward to.
The latest “news” regarding the series of The Lord of the rings Amazon Prime Video’s protagonist is one of the most mythical figures of both the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson and The Hobbit, Ian McKellen, who has reacted to recent speculation about the possibility that his also unforgettable character, Gandalf, appeared in fiction.
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Although at the moment the details about the series are very scarce, we know that the fiction will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, in a period of relative peace over which darker times begin to lurk, and which, with few exceptions, its cast will be made up of new characters. However, it has also been advanced that we could see in it some familiar faces from the film trilogy, such as Galadriel, Elrond and Sauron, among others, and it was precisely due to speculations of being able to see a young Gandalf that the veteran McKellen has decided take part in the “debate” in a most original way.
The interpreter has reacted to a recent publication of the specialized media ScreenRant in which a journalist was considering this possibility. In the article, under the headline “How Gandalf May Appear in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ (but not Ian McKellen), Craig Elvy discussed how the details that the first image seems to confirm could make the character’s reappearance possible, but not as we know him, but at a very different time in his life when he was known as Olórin. The headline caught the attention of McKellen, who responded in a funny way:
I think this would be the most disturbing headline I’d ever read, if I didn’t have a paid job elsewhere
It is not the first time that McKellen reacts on the idea of seeing Gandalf in the series of The Lord of the rings, probably the most ambitious television project of the decade. The first time was in 2017, when the project began to be discussed but had not yet fully materialized. However, then his response was different and he discarded the idea that no one else assumed the role of the magician, ensuring that he was not too old to re-embody a character who was practically immortal after all. Now, however, it seems that he is delighted with his work on the tables and has no particular interest in defending any kind of “life claim” on Gandalf.
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McKellen’s response cannot be understood as confirmation that the character will be part of the Amazon series, nor can it be the opposite. At the moment, details remain scarce and the official description of the series reads like this:
Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a group of characters, both new and familiar, as they face the much-feared resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elven capital Lindon, to the stunning island of the kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will endure in our legacy long after that they are gone
The first season of the series The Lord of the rings premieres on September 2, 2022.
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