Count Andy Serkis out for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings


Andy Serkis won’t be reprising his role as Gollum in the TV version of Lord of the Rings.

With a brand-new Lord of the Rings series coming to Amazon in the not so distant future, many wonder if any famous stars from the movie franchise will make an appearance on the T.V. version.

One star you won’t see is Andy Serkis.

Not familiar? That’s because he plays Gollum, well both personalities of Gollum. With the help of CGI and special effects, he voiced and acted out one of the most famous characters in the entire film series. Serkis is now the go-to guy for all characters that use the motion capture acting, animation, and voice combination.

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So, why doesn’t Serkis have any intention of reprising his role?

CinemaBlend recently interviewed the Black Panther actor as he promoted his upcoming movie, Mowgli,

"“Oh boy, listen, I mean…I don’t think so. And if I was anyone making those, they’re obviously going to want to start fresh and create something brand new. And that’s how it should be. That’s what you do with great, classic pieces of work. Like [The Jungle Book]. It bears repetition, and it bears reinterpretation. And I think it needs a fresh pair of ears and eyes, and I’m sure that’s the way they’ll go.”"

I understand why he feels this way. He’s promoting a film that is basically a reimagining of The Jungle Book. So, he thinks this is an opportunity for the T.V. version of Lord of the Rings to be a reimagining of the crazy-popular film franchise.

Even though there are tons of rumors out there that Amazon is trying to involve Peter Jackson, the directors of the films, the jury is still out on other stars being involved, like Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, and Liv Tyler.

If we don’t see any returning actors, who would you want to play Gollum? Maybe the role could go the comedic route and employ Ken Jeong, Seth Green, or Aziz Ansari.

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I’m also assuming Elijah Wood won’t be reprising his role as Frodo Baggins. May I suggest Daniel Radcliffe? While he cemented his place in geeky fandom long ago, what’s another wildly successful geeky franchise to put under his belt?