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Ian McKellen As Gandalf Again? Yes!

The out actor doesn't want to see anyone else playing his iconic role.

Ian McKellen wants the producers of Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series to know that he is ready and willing to reprise his role as Gandalf in the future television adaptation.

The veteran actor played the wizard in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and revealed to Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show this week that he’s not ready to give up the part.

When Norton asked him how he’d feel about the prospect of “there being another Gandalf in town,” McKellen replied, “What do you mean another Gandalf?”

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“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked, but are you suggesting someone else is going to play it?” he asked. “Who would be suitable?”

And before any haters could suggest that the 78-year-old may be aging out of the role, he was quick to remind us that “Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.”

There’s no word on whether the character will even appear in the TV adaptation, which is reportedly going to be the most expensive series ever made, but we’re glad McKellen is ready, just in case.

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