At the 2002 Academy Awards, Paul McCartney told the Hobbit director Peter Jackson that the Beatles once wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings. Paul would have portrayed the hobbit Frodo, Ringo would have been his faithful companion Sam, George would have played the wise wizard Gandalf, and John would have been the tragic, evil Gollum.
The Beatles planned to ask Stanley Kubrick or Lawrence of Arabia's David Lean to direct it. Unfortunately, writer J.R.R. Tolkien was not a fan of the counterculture, and turned them down.
But as the second part of the new Hobbit trilogy of movies came out last Friday -- The Desolation of Smaug -- we can't help but think the Fab Four were on to something. Middle Earth could use a little song and dance amongst its dungeons and dragons. Here's how we'd have cast The Hobbit with pop stars. Although if Mr. Tolkien shrugged off the Beatles as riffraff, we shudder to think what he would've said about this crew.More »