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  • Joan Marie Verba
    ... GANDALF CASTING DETAILS Ringbearer.org reports that The Scottish Daily Record scored a major coup, talking with director Peter Jackson about casting the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 27, 1999
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      GANDALF CASTING DETAILS

      Ringbearer.org reports that The Scottish Daily Record
      scored a major coup, talking with director Peter Jackson
      about casting the role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. It
      was revealed that, though he loved the script for the three
      films, Sean Connery passed on the role since he was unable
      to set aside enough time for the trilogy's lengthy shoot.
      Additionally, the Record suggests that Patrick Stewart and
      Tom Baker were passed over since they were seen as "too
      typecast."

      Ultimately, Ian McKellen landed the role, impressing
      Jackson with his "power and range" and reminding him of Sir
      Alec Guinness' turn as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star
      Wars film. Despite New Line Cinema's policy of not
      commenting on the film's casting, the Record reportedly
      quotes a New Line spokesperson as saying, "We are
      delighted to have Sir Ian in the project. He has read all three
      scripts and adored the project. He thinks it's a wonderful
      part." McKellen's Rings filming apparently begins in January,
      after he finishes work on The X-Men. The paper also
      suggests that Kate Winslet is in talks for the role of Eowyn,
      which has been widely rumored for some time.

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