Sir Ian McKellen's wizarding boots may be pretty big to fill, but 'X Men: First Class' actor James McAvoy has admitted that he's desperate to take on the role of Gandalf in the prequel to Peter Jackson's film 'The Hobbit'.
Not that, y'know, the director has one planned or anything.
Yup, despite the fact a prequel hasn't even been mentioned by Peter Jackson's camp yet, James McAvoy has put himself forward for the role of a young Gandalf should any of the Tolkien books preceding the events of 'The Hobbit' get made in future.
James McAvoy, clearly impressed by the massive success of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in the box office, has staked his claim for a role in a possible future adaptation of JRR Tolkein's 'The Silmarillion'.
Total Film quoted the actor in his reverie of Tolkien's work, as he admitted he would love Peter jackson to consider him as Sir Ian McKellen's replacement someday:
"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!"
Intriguing; we wonder whether that's enough to persuade Peter Jackson to continue the franchise?
In the meantime, Sir Ian McKellen seems to be doing a pretty nifty job alongside Martin Freeman in 'The Hobbit' - we can't wait for the second instalment of the trilogy later this year.