Sir Ian McKellen has recently signed a deal with publishers to write up the story of his life in the form of a memoir.
The actor, best known for his performance as Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings trilogy, has finally been persuaded to write an autobiography, detailing the high and low points of his illustrious career on film, television and stage.
It is understood that a number of book firms and agents have been urging the actor to pen down his memoirs for years, but McKellen, 76, has only now sold a book proposal to the publishing firm, Hachete – with plans to write the novel himself. The actor already authors an online blog for his website.
As well as speaking in depth about his career, the book is also expected to address a number of McKellen’s personal struggles, including his decision in 1988 to go public about his sexuality. Since then, he has become a passionate campaigner for gay rights.
According to The Sunday Times, McKellen has been paid close to £1m for the publishing deal. A potential release date for the book has yet to be announced.
McKellen can soon be seen as an aged version of Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s feature film, Mr Holmes, which is set to be released on 19th June. You can watch the trailer for the film, below.