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Potter Watch - Radcliffe rules out The Rings

PUBLISHED: 15:59 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:00 23 August 2010

HARRY Potter fans who hoped actor Daniel Radcliffe would take the lead role in the prequel films to the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be disappointed to hear he has snubbed the chance. Internet rumours have circulated recently that the 20-year-old would

HARRY Potter fans who hoped actor Daniel Radcliffe would take the lead role in the prequel films to the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be disappointed to hear he has snubbed the chance.

Internet rumours have circulated recently that the 20-year-old would appear as Bilbo Baggins in the big screen adaptation of JRR Tolkien's novel.

However Mr Radcliffe told reporters he would not take on the role and claimed a fear of being typecast as the motivating factor behind the refusal.

He said: "I'd have to say, 'Thanks but no thanks,' not that anyone has asked me.

"Honestly, I don't think they would want me anyway, it's just too close. Whatever I do next, I don't think there will be any wizards in it!"

Fans including Cheryl Hart, 17, from Erith, and friend Jane Dobbs, 18, from Dartford, were hoping the boy wizard would stick to the fantasy hits that have made him a screen star.

Miss Hart said: "I suppose as you get older it's hard to play these roles, but there is no denying Dan would have been great in Lord of the Rings.

"Rumours have been doing the rounds for a while and it's a shame he has ruled it out. He would have been fantastic."

Miss Dobbs added: "It would have been great to see him in the planned Lord of the Rings, but maybe he is just got too old for the role and needs to try new things."

Last week in Potter Watch we reported an unlikely internet feud between hundreds of film fans who are arguing who is the top wizard Harry Potter's Dumbledore, played by Meopham's Michael Gambon and his Lord of the Rings' equivalent Gandalf. Sir Ian Mcklenan.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released in 2001 and eight years later Daniel Radclffe still the face of author JK Rowling's main character.

Throughout his career as the boy wizard he has tried his hand at other forms of 'serious' acting and perhaps this is where is passion lies. He spent six months working with a language assistant to prepare for Australian film December Boys in which he played a supporting role. Another role was the lead part in the west end play Equus in which he was prepared to bare all - he received critical acclaim for this.

Last month we revealed how Daniel Radcliffe helped with the directing of a scene for the next film at the Dartford Rover Crossing.

fintan.quinn@archant.co.uk

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