Ian McKellen says he ll play Gandalf in new Lord of the Rings film on one morbid condition

Ian McKellen, known for his iconic portrayal of Gandalf in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" adaptations, has expressed interest in appearing in the upcoming film centered on Andy Serkis's Gollum.

Ian McKellen's Potential Return to Middle-earth:

McKellen confirmed rumors suggesting Gandalf's presence in the forthcoming film, titled "The Hunt for Gollum," although emphasized that no concrete plans or offers have been made yet.

Confirmation of Gandalf's Involvement:

The 85-year-old actor stated his willingness to star in the film, contingent upon his health and longevity, humorously remarking, "if I'm alive."

Conditional Participation:

McKellen candidly discussed his age during the interview, acknowledging that he now considers each new project he accepts as potentially his last, highlighting the sobering realization of mortality.

Reflections on Mortality:

"The Hunt for Gollum" is the first installment of several planned new "Lord of the Rings" franchises by Warner Bros, indicating a significant expansion of the cinematic universe based on J.R.R. Tolkien's works.

Warner Bros' Expansion of the Franchise:

Andy Serkis, renowned for his motion capture performances including Gollum, will helm the upcoming film, marking his directorial involvement in exploring Middle-earth.

Andy Serkis's Involvement as Director:

Serkis expressed enthusiasm for revisiting Middle-earth alongside his collaborators, while Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, the original producers, conveyed their honor and excitement to be involved in another epic adventure

Excitement from Serkis and Original Producers:

The film's production involves a collaborative effort, including Serkis, Jackson, Walsh, Boyens, along with Warner Bros, WETA, and the filmmaking family in New Zealand, promising an immersive and captivating cinematic experience for fans.

Collaborative Efforts and Filmmaking Family: