Before the leak, there were only rumors that Peter Jackson had considered country music legend Willie Nelson for the role of Gandalf. He decided to go in a different direction, recasting Ian McKellen in the role he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The audition tape came out just in time for Willie Nelson’s eightieth birthday. Ian McKellen, who obviously bears no ill will, sent out this tweet:
Dear Willie, You are far too young to play Gandy.But nice try; have a stoner of a birthday. Love and admiration. Ian bit.ly/11S8A3k
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) April 30, 2013
Do you think Peter Jackson went in the right direction? Is there another role in The Hobbit that you would choose for Willie Nelson?