Entitled McKellen: Playing the Part, the feature will be directed by Joe Stephenson.
The documentary, based on a 14-hour interview with the star of The Lord of the Rings and the X-Men series, will also include private photographs, archival material from early stage and screen work and “cinematically reconstructed scenes from his life.”
Stephenson told the industry paper, “To a whole generation of cinema-goers Ian is known as Gandalf and Magneto, but here is an opportunity to show them his incredible, and inspiring trajectory from his modest childhood in the north of England to Tony winning star of the stage, from one of the first actors to speak openly about his sexuality to becoming an internationally recognized two-time Oscar nominee. While Ian has been interviewed many times, and lives a life very much in the public eye, we wanted to talk candidly to him about his journey and philosophy in a way that may not have been done. It’s an honor to tell the story of someone still so relevant and active in our industry, and my hope is that an audience might walk out of the cinema as inspired by his journey as I am, feel like they better understand how he has got to where he is today, and celebrate not just his awesome achievements, but the man himself.”
A release date has not been announced.
A two-time Oscar nominee — for his performances in Gods and Monsters and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — McKellen won a Tony Award for his work in Amadeus. His other Broadway credits include The Promise, Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare, Wild Honey, Ian McKellen: A Knight out at the Lyceum and Dance of Death.