2021 was a year overflowing with major musical films that delighted audiences, including In the Heights, Cyrano, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake, the opener at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival Annette, and Tick, Tick… BOOM! So, as producers and directors debate where to go next with this suddenly reinvigorated genre, they might consider looking to Sir Ian McKellen. 

In a recent interview with the BBC Radio 4 program Today, the two-time Oscar nominee (for 1998’s Gods and Monsters and 2001’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) admitted that he “doesn’t have much to prove anymore” in his decorated career, but starring in another musical is something he'd still like to do. 

Can McKellen sing? For the most part. “I can hold a tune but I’m not a proper singer,” the actor admitted, before jokingly referring to himself as “available but incompetent.” 

McKellen did co-star in 2019’s Cats adaptation; however, it would appear that that musical itch has yet to be scratched. Here’s hoping he gets the chance to show off those pipes in the near future. 


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