Built around a 14 hour interview, Playing the Part uncovers McKellen's story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorised insight.
McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.
The film will be released in the UK on May 27th by Trafalgar Releasing, with a special event hosted by Graham Norton broadcast live to cinemas nationwide from London’s BFI Southbank.
The US release will follow, date to be announced shortly.
International Sales: Independent Film Company
UK & US distribution: Trafalgar Releasing