In a recent interview with Totalfilm.com, British actor James McAvoy revealed that if given a choice for a project he’d like to do, considering his currently diverse slate that includes Welcome to the Punch and Filth, he’d go for the Lord of the Rings’ premiere wizards:
“I’d like to play Gandalf,” says McAvoy.
When asked if he wants a “Gandalf: Origins” movie, McAvoy replies with “It’s called The Silmarillion! It’s a collection of poems and songs that chart the ancient history of Middle-earth. My true geek is coming to the fore, but they’re really, really beautiful stories. In part of that is the genesis of Gandalf, or Mithrandir, or Stormcrow, or any of his many, many names. Anyway, maybe that’s the one!”
In the interest of accuracy, Gandalf never really appeared as a young man since the wizards were just physical shells that the Maiar used in order to aid Middle Earth against Sauron, and they have always been old men. A young Gandalf would be Olorin as a spirit living in the lands of the Valar, before all the shit in LoTR hit the proverbial fan. However, we’re willing to overlook McAvoy’s statements because it would be cool if he went from playing a young Patrick Stewart to playing a young Ian McKellen.