Ian McKellen is considering his return as Gandalf in the new Lord of the Rings sequel.

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In the depths of his extensive career, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit adaptations of Gandalf, Ian McKellen is faced with the prospect of returning to Middle-earth. Currently immersed in theatre, playing Falstaff in Play Kings, a play based on Shakespeare’s historical plays, McKellen reflects on his future roles. “Every new script or offer hint makes me think it might be my last,” McKellen told The Times. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ announcement of spin-off The Hunt for Gollum, planned for 2026 without Peter Jackson to direct but with him involved in production, has stirred up the hornet’s nest.

The first shot shows interest in the new project

Not only does McKellen show interest in this revival; Other actors from the original saga also expressed their enthusiasm. Viggo Mortensen, best known for his role as Aragorn, commented in an interview with CBR that he is willing to return “if it makes sense and is done the right way.” This shared nostalgia among players shows potential for a spin-off that explores stories before the popular epics.

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Although there is still no clear release date, Hunt for Gollum promises to be a cinematic adventure leading into the mysteries of one of Sega’s most complex characters. With Andy Serkis, the unforgettable Gollum, not only reprising his role but directing, the project promises to preserve the identity of Middle-earth with a fresh touch.

McKellen’s comment

“I haven’t shaved in months,” says Ian McKellen, sporting his characteristic white beard, which he’s already preparing for the role, as he jokes about his preparations to return to Gandalf. However, at 85, he is cautious: “If I have an interest in life, I may want it.” This commitment to his art and the reality of his age creates a mixed but hopeful feeling for fans.

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Between rumors and confirmations, the fan community remains on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting more news on the long-awaited adventure into Middle-earth’s stunning landscapes. The prospect of bringing old and new characters together in The Hunt for Gollum not only reignites the flames of nostalgia, but also promises new adventures in the beloved world.

As Ian McKellen reviews his involvement in The Hunt for Gollum, the world waits. Will this be the triumphant return of Gandalf the Grey? Only time and maybe fate will tell. Meanwhile, the legacy of these stories continues to inspire generations, the magic of Middle Earth lives on.

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McKellen Beyond Middle Earth

Beyond his memorable roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Ian McKellen has embodied characters that have left an indelible mark on film and theater. One of his best known roles is that of Magneto in the X-Men saga. The character, a powerful mutant with the ability to manipulate metal, became one of the most complex and memorable antagonists in the Marvel Universe, showing an emotional depth that resonated with themes of discrimination and acceptance, echoing McKellen’s life experiences as an LGBTQ+ rights activist.

On stage, McKellen has shone in countless productions, most notably his performance as King Lear in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production. His Lear was a devastating portrayal of madness and the erosion of power, which achieved emotional depth and a deep understanding of Shakespeare’s writing. These roles, along with Gandalf, not only highlight McKellen’s versatility as an actor, but also his ability to impersonate each character with an easily recognizable humanity beyond screen and stage.