Christopher Lee 'keen for Hobbit role'
The veteran British actor played the wizard in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, but was his scenes in Return Of The King were cut from the cinema release, only appearing in the extended edition DVD.
Speaking exclusively to Empire, he explained how it would be plausible for Saruman to appear in The Hobbit movies.
"I've read the books time and again," he explained. "Originally Saruman the White and the rest of the wizards, or the Istari as they call them, were immortal.
"There were five of them, two of them never appear, I know their names but they never appear, and the only three that are mentioned are Saruman the White, Gandalf the Grey and Radagast the Brown who you never see so basically it's two wizards.
He added that he would be happy to return to the role "if I was asked".
James McAvoy has been tipped for the lead role in the forthcoming Hobbit film.
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