Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much said about the spin-off x-film, X-Men Origins: Magneto, as there was about The Hobbit, but nonetheless it’s nice to hear thoughts on the project from the actor who played played Magneto in the three X-Men movies. McKellen basically says he hasn’t heard anything, but speculates on what his involvement (or lack thereof) will probably be:
“There’s meant to be a Magneto script floating around, but I’ve not read it, so I suspect it wouldn’t involve me… I think it would be about the younger Magneto, and the most I could hope for would be to top and tail that. They can’t have someone whose face is as lined as mine any longer!”
McKellen also went on to laugh about the fact that Patrick Stewart made a brief, de-aged appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine this summer, saying that Stewart was pleased with getting a part in it, but that it was only about an hour’s work. On a serious note – could we see the same thing at the end of the Magneto spin-off, to link it up to the first X-Men? I’m all for that.
So there you have it, another little update from McKellen on two highly anticipated projects. As much as I like McKellen as Magneto – and am looking forward to a standalone film involving the character (there’s some real potential there) – I have to admit I’m much more looking forward to him returning as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Maybe it’s because his role is guaranteed to be huge, as opposed to (at most) a cameo in a solo Magneto flick… not unless they use CGI to make him look REALLY young (a la X-Men 3) – Fox, please don’t!
What do you think about what McKellen has most said about The Hobbit and Magneto? Are you disappointed that we apparently won’t be seeing many of the LOTR actors make appearances in The Hobbit? And would you like to see McKellen appear in the solo Magneto movie? Or should they just cast somebody younger and leave McKellen out of it?
Part 1 of The Hobbit is set to hit theaters in December, 2011, with Part 2 following a year later in December, 2012.
X-Men Origins: Magneto has a tentative release date of 2011, but nothing official has been confirmed yet.