Nobody who watched The Empire Strikes Reduction ever definitely anticipated that young Darth Vader would in some unspecified time in the future scrutinize fancy Hayden Christensen, or that young Lord Voldemort would originate up his Hogwarts tenure taking a scrutinize fancy this smokeshow, or that downhearted Magneto shall be portrayed in his childhood by problematically properly-built actor Michael Fassbender.
Villains continually originate out sizzling, evidently, with the smartly-liked trajectory showing to prepare these engaging unnerved males with splintered morals getting progressively much less engaging over time. Nowhere in literature or popular culture has that go been extra physically manifest than within the granddaddy of descents into Dorian Gray-phases of disgusting: Gollum.
As you’ve absolute self assurance heard, Amazon is unearthing Lord of the Rings for a huge-budget TV series that, in accordance with the network, will “explore unique narrative traces earlier J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” That system the series could moreover theoretically keep us in top Hobbit years, when the mead flowed and the One Ring was once an indie tale and all individuals’s favourite halfling was once aloof a strolling, talking, stalking hobbit named Smeagol — and no longer, as he would later turn into after centuries of mystic impact, a waterlogged Shelley Duvall.
Gollum’s outmoded life as humanoid Smeagol is kind of a bit of things that appears to be like fancy an without narrate fathomable idea to no longer much less than scrutinize in a prequel fancy this, wherein all you definitely must satisfyingly tie a brand unique series into the distinctive IP is one key persona return. (Even a point out will work; enact you definitely contemplate any of those self sustaining Game of Thrones prequels won’t no longer much less than plunge the name Targaryen, Lannister, or Baratheon within the fundamental 5 minutes?) It’s pure fan service, however crossover characters are also appropriate advertising and marketing for Joe Elf from the flyover shires who casually noticed every LOTR film in theaters and would pick to defend in this prequel, if Amazon will allow him no longer much less than one exiguous acquainted nugget to latch onto.
So the ask is no longer so great what unique territory shall be explored within the prequel, however comparatively, which faded characters shall be presented anew — and there’s frankly no Lord of the Rings without some model of Gollum. He comes phase and parcel with the Ring, no longer much less than for the interval of the pre-Frodo centuries that the series shall be wise to explore. And breeze, your Gandalfs and Gimlis could moreover hang their youthful moments, however most tremendous ranking it now that young Smeagol is potentially going to pop up on this deliver. And don’t be bowled over if, when he does, producers hang decided to invent him a certified CW babe to invent his eventual downfall the full extra tragic.
“This isn’t engaging,” you yowl. “Clearly he was once lovable earlier than the One Ring! He was once a thriving hobbit earlier than a descent into madness literally and figuratively sucked the sweetness from his life!”
“NO,” you declare louder. “We already noticed him in flashbacks and he was once a 5, at most tremendous!”
No disrespect to Andy Serkis, however Gollum’s too-quick flashback scenes in Peter Jackson’s movies ought no longer to be treated as a canonical interesting that renders Amazon’s Conceivable Hot Gollum impossible. Elevate into account the Harry Potter motion photos, which showed a made-up Michael Gambon as a youthful Dumbledore who most positively did not scrutinize fancy Jude Regulations. There could be precedent! And so it’s completely stunning to surprise if young Gollum will deliver up bearing a jawline that can cut again a cleave of Lembas bread. Did Smeagol hang an 8-pack earlier than he grew to turn into an emaciated toad-man? Catch his chiseled muscles glisten with water from the Broad River? Does he bear the cheekbones of a promising European actor fancy Invoice Skarsgard or Nicholas Hoult who will pick the role, grow out his hair, and produce with such layers of extensive-eyed mania that informal LOTR fans internationally will don’t hang any change however to lean in and deliver, “O, what tragic beauty can greed and power ravage!” It’ll be comparatively deep.
Gandalf, meanwhile, was once clearly born taking a scrutinize fancy Ian McKellen, in narrate that’s already settled, thanks.