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Sir Ian McKellen almost missed out on playing two of his most famous roles, Gandalf and Magneto, and it would have Tom Cruise's fault, sort of.
It could be argued that it was Ian McKellen's role as Magneto in 2000ís original X-Men that truly launched him into the stratosphere with bankable gravitas. The acting legend recently commented on where the franchise stands in comparison to some seemingly random, but important male movie figures.
Sir Ian McKellenís run as the big screen version of Magneto lasted for many years, but it seems as though that era is coming to an end.
Just when you thought the cast to Bill Condon's Beauty And The Beast wasn't star studded enough, they've gone and really out done themselves. See what A-lister is set to play Cogsworth, after the jump!
Though he is certainly getting up there in years, Sir Ian McKellen has spent the last 15 years playing some of the most legendary characters in pop culture. We've seen him morph metal as Magneto, wave a magical staff as Gandalf, and now he's playing the most iconic detective of all time.
Patrick Stewart seemed to express a few weeks back that both his and Ian McKellenís moment in the mutant spotlight appeared to be over. Well, it seems that Stewart has just made an abrupt u-turn.
Sir Ian McKellen is regarded as one of the finest British actors of all time, and Sherlock Holmes is seen as arguably the most beloved fictional British character ever created. It doesnít take a genius to work out that molding the two together would make for cinematic gold. This teaser clip for Mr. Holmes suggests thatís exactly the case.
As it turns out, X-Men: Apocalypse, unlike the previous film in the series, will not include the original versions of these two beloved characters.
Patrick Stewart is here to offer you a bit of holiday cheer just before the season passes us by. Check out this video of his amazing holiday hat.
Miramax will handle domestic distribution for Mr. Holmes, a new feature reuniting Oscar-winning director Bill Condon with Gods and Monsters collaborator Sir Ian McKellen to tell a tale of an older Holmes who wants to take one last crack at solving a case that confounded even him.
Thanks to modern day small screen portrayals like Benedict Cumberbatch's in Sherlock and Jonny Lee Miller's in Elementary - not to mention big screen takes like Robert Downey Jr.'s in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movies - we've gotten used to seeing younger versions of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective character. But next year director Bill Condon and Sir Ian McKellen will do their part to slice some more age variety into the mix.
With X-Men: Days Of Future Past already in theaters, and already racking up some excellent reviews, it's time to relax and look forward to the next installment of Professor Xavier's gifted youngsters and their uncanny adventures. But before we leave behind the days of future past, there's some fun to be had with the cast. More specifically, we have a video where both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender try to imitate their more mature selves, and the results make for quite a good laugh.
There have been precious few X-Men movies without these two gems since the franchise launched. Though what we are hearing about Apocalypse is that it will be a traditional sequel to First Class, with a heavy emphasis on McAvoy and Fassbender.
It isnít shocking that theyíll be going for a J.R.R. Tolkien reference, given The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming out on Friday, but I wonder why they didnít just come up with something to go along with that movie. Maybe Oscar will make a smog joke, or there will be a bunch of people hiding inside of barrels. Am I trying to start Sesame Street rumors? Maybe.
At some point we're going to have to cry uncle and admit that there are too many Sherlock Holmeses running around in pop culture right nowÖ but I think we can make room for Ian McKellen in the meantime. At the Toronto Film Festival director Bill Condon announced, via Deadline, that he will direct McKellen in A Slight Trick Of The Mind, in which McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes still haunted by a case from 50 years in the past
For McKellen this is the end of an adventure that began 14-years-ago. It was October of 1999 when Ian first stepped on to the Lord of the Rings set to film his first scenes in the acclaimed trilogy. Itís unlikely he would have predicted heíd still be playing the character of Gandalf, in yet another trilogy, all the way into 2013.
"Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It's going to be an intense few weeks, but we're looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!"
While doing Hobbit press, McKellen said Singer attended the premiere with James Cameron and was very impressed with the technology Jackson used to make the vision come to life. So much so that he might use 3D and 48 fps for Days of Future Past.
Bryan Singer shared that Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen would be in the planned film, reprising their roles as Prof. X and Magneto. The two played these parts in Singerís first two X-Men movies, as well as Brett Ratnerís X-Men: The Last Stand (where Stewartís Xavier actually died Ö sort of).
Itís hard to even fathom the idea of Peter Jackson making The Hobbit without Ian McKellen. Beyond the fact that Gandalf plays an incredibly important role in J.R.R. Tolkienís first novel, McKellenís performance in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was nothing short of iconic and he was a major part of what made the movies so iconic.