An actress from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie franchise has spoken up to say she believes a woman should play a female Gandalf in the new Lord of the Rings TV show.
“Those old legends, those old mystical stories, they’re so based within a patriarchal landscape,” Malcolm said. “Why not look at the magic of a matrilineal world where the magical powerhouses are women?”
Ian McKellan played Gandalf in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
Malcolm said she would like to see New Zealand-based actresses Rena Owen or Rachel House play Gandalf in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show. She also named people like Alfre Woodard as among her top personal choices for the role. If the producers want to sign someone with more name recognition, Malcolm said actresses like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, or Eileen Atkins should be considered.
Malcolm went on to say that because Lord of the Rings is based in fantasy, she doesn’t worry about “Tolkien purists” who might not agree with making Gandalf a woman.
“We’ve had female Hamlets,” she said. “Why not?”
The Lord of the Rings TV show takes place during the Second Age, but there is no word on any of the characters who might appear in it or by what means the show will handle time.
There is no word yet on when the Lord of the Rings show will premiere, but we’re beginning to find out who will star in it. Black Mirror actor Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh are in talks to play the lead roles, according to reports.
Behind the camera, Amazon has assembled an all-star team of writers and producers. The writers room for the untitled Lord of the Rings show includes Gennifer Hutchinson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Helen Shang (Hannibal), Justin Dohle (Stranger Things), Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4).
J.A. Bayona, the director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is directing episodes one and two of the Lord of the Rings show.
Kate Hawley is the costume designer; she previously worked on Edge of Tomorrow and Suicide Squad. Rick Heinrichs, who won an Oscar for Sleepy Hollow and also worked on The Last Jedi, is the production designer; Jason Smith, who worked on The Revenant, Super 8, and The Avengers is the visual effects supervisor. Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey is also working on the new Amazon show, as is Lord of the Rings movie trilogy illustrator and concept artist John Howe.
The Amazon show also has numerous producers, including people who have worked on Westworld, Boardwalk Empire, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and The Departed.
In other news, a new Lord of the Rings video game focused on Gollum is in development at Daedalic Entertainment, while a AAA online Lord of the Rings game is also on the way.