August 23, 1999
Lee Sinks Teeth Into
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - British actor Christopher Lee is in
final negotiations to co-star as Saruman in New Line's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's
trilogy, ``The Lord of the Rings.''
Lee will join Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood in director Peter
Jackson's first installment. Shooting is scheduled to begin in October.
Lee has appeared in nearly 250 films and television
productions, including ``A Tale of Two Cities,'' ``Dracula'' and ''The Mummy.'' He most
recently appeared in Miramax's ``Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy.''
Lee's autobiography, ``Tall, Dark and Gruesome,'' was
released in the U.S. last week by Midnight Marquee Press.