AceShowbiz - It seems like the TV adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" has to find a new actor to voice Gollum. Andy Serkis recently ruled himself out of the upcoming Amazon series, which gets multi-season commitment on the network.
"Oh gosh, I have no idea what that's about, really. I mean, it sounds incredible, but I don't see myself being any part of it," the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" actor said in an interview with ScreenCrush about his latest role in "Black Panther". "I don't think they would -- I think it's a completely fresh, new approach to it all, so I don't think I'd imagine myself to be anywhere near it really."
Serkis also added that fans have "pretty much" seen all of Gollum's backstory already in "The Lord of the Rings" movie series. The character's story from being one of the River folk to his eventual death was all covered in the movies. The moment he loses the Ring to Bilbo (Martin Freeman) has also been explored in the movies.
Since Serkis revealed that he "has no idea" about the series, it seems safe to conclude that he hasn't been approached by Amazon to reprise Gollum.
While Serkis didn't seem to be up for the new series, fellow "The Lord of the Rings" star Ian McKellen previously said that he would be gladly portraying Gandalf once again should he be asked. "I haven't said yes because I haven't been asked," the English actor said on Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show. Asked if it would be annoying to see another actor as Gandalf, he responded, "What do you mean, another Gandalf?"
The 78-year-old actor went on insisting that he was not too old to play the character. "But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I'm not too old," so he claimed.
Set in Middle Earth, the upcoming TV series will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring". It's reported that the rights holders, however, imposed some creative restrictions on what can be done and what can't be done on the planned TV project. Other details about the upcoming TV series are currently not available.