'Lord of the Rings' Star Thinks the Next Gandalf Should be a Woman

The three Lord of the Rings movies were both a financial and critical success, and fans were excited when Amazon announced it was reviving the series on Prime Video. While we don’t know much about the still unnamed series, we do know that the new show will will be a prequel to the movies, and it’s being filmed in New Zealand, where the movies were also filmed.

Most of the cast for the new series is still unknown, but one of the movie’s stars has an idea about who should play Gandalf.

Actress Robyn Malcolm, who played Morwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, recently said that she believes the wizard could be played by a woman.

“Those old legends, those old mystical stories, they’re so based within a patriarchal landscape,” Malcolm told Stuff. “Why not look at the magic of a matrilineal world where the magical powerhouses are women?”

As for who would play the female Gandalf, Malcolm pointed to actresses including Alfre Woodard, Dame Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Maggie Smith. Malcolm later posted a collage on Instagram where she showcased her picks for the role. Comments on the post were…generally not positive. But we’re here for it! That is, if the legendary Ian McKellan is too busy to participate.

It seems like McKellan does have some interest in reviving his role. In a 2017 interview on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show, he explained that, “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old [yet].”

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