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John Lennon Wanted to Play Gollum in a Beatles’-Led ‘Lord of the Rings’ Film

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy made nearly three billion dollars worldwide, but the story could have come to the big screen much sooner: The Beatles wanted to star in it.

 

Back when Jackson’s movies were coming out, he did an interview for Wellington’s Evening Post in which he spilled the beans.

 

John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, alongside George Harrison as Gandalf, Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins, and Ringo Starr as Samwise Gamgee. Lennon wanted Stanley Kubrick to direct —Kubrick reportedly briefly considered the idea before turning it down. Ultimately, said Jackson, J. R. R. Tolkien himself shut the proposal down entirely.

 

Jackson learned of this from Paul McCartney personally.

 

Art blog Super Punch hosted a contest a few years ago to create art imagining the film, resulting in a number of amazing drawings and edits that can be seen in full here.

 

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Image Via Super Punch

 

Feature Image Via Super Punch