Skip to comments.Report: McKellen to reprise Gandalf role
Posted on 04/30/2008 1:56:53 PM PDT by JenB
Ian McKellen will again take up the robes of Gandalf the Wizard in the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic "The Hobbit" a British film magazine reported Wednesday.
But McKellen's publicist warned that final arrangements were yet to be made.
"Of course he wants to do it, but nothing's been agreed or signed," Clair Dobbs said.
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Wouldn’t be the same with any other actor.
Nope, not the same. Which is why I was happy to see this.
"I am Gandalf the White and I come to you now at the turn of the tide."
I’d just as soon he didn’t. After reading his comment about Gandalf being a homo, I lost all respect for him.
McKellen was indeed a perfect Gandalf, in spite of his personal evils.
I’d be just as happy if they lost Andy Serkis, though, but doubt that will happen. I don’t think he quite “got” Gollum; I know he didn’t get what “gollum” was (i.e. swallowing, not coughing).
I was wondering about that too. Plus, I sort of feel that the whole book The Hobbit has a very different feel than LOTR. Its a much more innocent little story, and Gollum, scary as he is, is almost a comical figure. It really is much lighter fare. I wonder if Del Toro gets that. His Pan’s Labyrinth was truly dark.
Yes; “Pan’s” shows he’s quite the artist, but it is a miserably unhappy story.
However, Hellboy is (paradoxically) much lighter, more comic.
So, I’m not gloomy about it.
I have had Pan’s Labyrinth on my DVR for some time now. I was wondering if I should take the time to watch it or just delete it to make room.
Do you recommend it? Is it worth my time?
Ohhhh, boy; I don’t think I know you well enough to answer usefully. It’s very artistic, has a lot of imagination and humanity and beauty — but it’s also very violent and, in the end, VERY unhappy.
Artsier types will give you a different answer. It really depends on what you like and are looking for. Creative, artistic, well-crafted, horribly depressing: that’s my summary.
Hope that’s of some use.
Dude. You just gave me a chill.
I hope McKellen signs on. It will be an awesome film.
Sounds like my kind of flick.
Artsy and depressing.
Yes, he is an outstanding actor.
I wonder if the guy who did Gollum’s voice for the BBC radio dramatization is still around. Can’t remember the name - but his voice is what Goillum should sound like.
Visually stunning, but a dark, violent, brooding and melancholy fantasy. If you are into graphic novels and adult fantasy, then definately see it.
You mean Grandolf the Gay?
Any rumors yet as to who will be Bilbo?
Good to hear. Will be very interesting to see who gets the other roles. I’m sure if we are hearing about this, they are heavily involved in the casting right now.
I heard that Guillermo del Toro has agreed to move to New Zeland for 4 years to film the two movies.
Can’t wait to see them.
Well... there y’go, then.
Yep; a little over the top, but yes, I think he caught Gollum. Peter Woodthorpe, who also did Gollum for the Bakshi version.
He’s as queer as a $3 bill, but he does a great Gandalf.
I dunno. The Harry Potter movies had to switch Dumbledores because Richard Harris died.
I think James McAvoy (Atonement) would be perfect, but he may not want to do it, after doing Mr. Tumnus in Narnia.
When I first saw "The Fellowship of the Ring," I couldn't believe it. "How the heck did they get Gandalf the Gray to play himself?!?!" I'm being series here... While other actors might be able to play the role, NOBODY else IS Gandalf.
You will like it if you are into foreign, artsy films. Actually I thought because of the trailer and commercials, that it was a fantasy movie for children, but upon seeing it this was far from the truth. It is an excellent movie but violent, do see it. Other good choices: Lives Of Others and Lumumba./Just Asking - seoul62.......
Richard Harris WAS Dumbledore, while the new one (I can't remember his name off-hand) just doesn't do it for me. It seemed like Harris "got it" far better.
No, it wouldn’t, and I hope they get the same actors for Elrond and Gollum as well. It would also be nice to see cameos for whoever played Legolas and Arwen (the kind of cameos where they’re just there, not doing anything special) because it’s entirely plausible for them to have been around.
Hobbit is going to be two movies.
Sorry to hear he is gay though. Ouch..
Better than doing The Hobbit they should film some of the great stuff they missed in the trilogy. For instance:
1. Tom Bombadil
2. Saramon’s speech after the Destuction of Orthanc.
3. The “Voice of Sauron” at the gates of Mordor.
4. The Scourging of the Shire
They could release it as: “A Hobbit’s Recollection”. Each scene could be introduced by Sam, Merry or Pippin as they sat discussed their adventures over a mug of beer. Then they could edit it for re-release on DVD as a more complete and seamless Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Don’t get me wrong; I love The Hobbit but there was just too much great stuff left out of the trilogy films.
Naah - he’s even older than Sir Ian!
Thanks, Proud. It wasn’t clear to me what was going on from the article.
Awesome! I don’t care if he is a great poof, no one else can play Gandalf but McKellan.
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Most excellent! Now, will he be able to get Ian Holm to play Bilbo? After all, he would have looked the same at the time of the Hobbit as he did at the beginning of LOTR. Remember Gandalf’s words to Bilbo when he arrived in Hobbiton; “You haven’t aged a day.”
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My message is simple: If you dont think Peter did a fabulous job, very likely you wont think I will. If you think he did, I will do my best to make you proud of me. Del Toro talking to MTV.
Other news he mentions that Andy Serkis (shown right) returns as Gollum and as we already know but it was nice to get it confirmed, Sir Ian Mckellen will be back as Gandalf. As I’d suggested though, he is worried Sir Ian Holm might be too old for the casting of Bilbo but won’t let on who he has in mind for the part.
Regarding doing the story in 2 parts he says he wants to nail The Hobbit in the first movie and then move into the era where times start to turn dark and Sauron grows in strength. Del Toro calls it a “very interesting period in time as civil war starts to break out. He and Peter Jackson have outlined the story they want to tell and how they want to tell it but no firm plans as yet.
Good news. McKellan ~owns~ the role as Gandalf. In fact if somebody else were cast that alone would make it distracting.
Good about Serkis too.
I wonder who’ll be Smaug?
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the "new" Dumbledore was McKellan. :-)
Well, there's the kicker ain't it? Richard Harris wasn't around to play Dumbledore. So far, Sir Ian is.
He's good, and I think an okay replacement. But he's not the same as Richard Harris.
It'd be a good role for Michael Moore...
If yer not kidding, yer wrong. But you know that don't you?
Peter Jackson is out of this one, right?
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