Well, it’s official: Ian McKellen has completed the ultimate nerd trifecta, playing Gandalf, Magneto and now Number Two:
AMC announced today that acclaimed film actors Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Thin Red Line) and Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code) have signed on for the network’s reinterpretation of the highly influential 1960s cult classic, The Prisoner. AMC is co-producing the six-part mini-series with ITV Productions and Granada International, with a worldwide premiere slated for 2009. The Prisoner, AMC’s second original mini-series, combines a wide range of genres, including espionage, thriller and scifi, into a unique and compelling drama, and expands upon the network’s distinctive cinematic approach to creating high-quality programming.
Setting aside the fact that this is just dumb, we’ll still watch McKellen in the role originated by Leo McKern, because we’ll watch Sir Ian in anything. We’re a bit dissappointed that Cavaziel was cast as The Prisoner, though, because early reports had Christopher Eccleston in the role, and then the show could have been about an actor who is taken to a remote location to be questioned on why he resigned from a popular SF show. That would have been great!
EDIT TO ADD: Yes yes, we know there was a different Number Two in almost every episode, but it’s OBVIOUS that McKellen is going to play the McKern Number Two, now isn’t it?