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Director Peter Jackson wanted David Bowie for 'Lord of the Rings' movie

Earlier this year, 'Lord of the Rings' star Dominic Monaghan (who played Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck) revealed that the late David Bowie was meant to appear in the well-loved movie franchise. 

Monaghan explained that the music icon "read for (the part of) Gandalf" and this piece of information has now been confirmed by the movie's casting director Amy Hubbard.

She told The Huffington Post that director Peter Jackson was very keen to get him to join the cast: "He was unavailable. It was a very quick conversation with the legendary Chris Andrews at CAA. I do believe that (Bowie) went over and played for everybody at the Millennium party. That would’ve been New Year’s Eve in the year 1999, which was when the films were being shot. He went over and entertained everybody, but he never auditioned. That’s for sure."

"We approached him. I’m pretty sure it was Peter Jackson’s idea in the first few weeks that we got going. It was one that he’d always wondered about, and we rang Chris, and (Bowie) was far too busy.”

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