Is a Smeagol Movie Releasing In 2025? Andy Serkis Return Speculation Explained

By Richard Nebens Posted:
Andy Serkis, Gollum, Smeagol

Speculation is running rampant about a potential Smeagol/Gollum movie featuring Andy Serkis that will debut in 2025 - it's time to dive into that rumor.

Andy Serkis Smeagol Movie Rumor Explained

A fan-made poster is circulating on social media featuring The Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis in a solo Smeagol/Gollum movie entitled Smeagol

The film is teased for release in 2025, with this poster convincing some people the project is real.

The poster itself features a more human-looking Serkis with long flowing hair, although his eyes are completely dark with red-and-yellow pupils that feature slits in the middle instead of circles.

He's also focused on the One Ring as he holds the iconic piece of jewelry in his fingertips.

Smeagol fan-made poster
Smeagol poster

For the time being, there is no official word from anybody involved with The Lord of the Rings franchise in or around Warner Bros. that indicates a Smeagol movie being on the table.

Following Peter Jackson's original 2000s trilogy and The Hobbit movies from the 2010s, the only other live-action Lord of the Rings project came in 2022 with Amazon Prime Video's hit series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

That series became Prime Video's second-most-watched of 2022 (via The Hollywood Reporter), only trailing The Boys in terms of viewership.

The Rings of Power already has a story prepared to run through a potential Season 5, and there's also the animated The War of the Rohirrim film produced by Warner Bros. that is in production, set nearly two centuries before the original trilogy.

Will Andy Serkis Make a Smeagol Movie?

Frodo, Gollum, Samwise in The Lord of the Rings
New Line Cinema

At this point, even though there is no way to predict whether a Smeagol movie will be made, there are no signs that any such film is in any stage of development.

Star Andy Serkis hasn't offered any comment on reprising his role after four previous appearances as the character, the last of which coming in 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Additionally, The Lord of the Rings franchise hasn't been seen on the big screen since 2014's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, with the series moving more towards the serialized streaming format in recent years.

Serkis will also be quite busy with other franchises in the coming years. He is confirmed for a surprise comeback as Kino Loy in Season 2 of Star Wars' hit series Andor.

On top of that, he's currently hard at work filming Matt Reeves' The Batman - Part II, where he'll bring back his portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth for a second effort in the DC Elseworlds sequel.

Of course, considering that Smeagol is still one of his most iconic roles, Serkis could be inclined to return to the character down the road should New Line Cinema have the itch to make new Lord of the Rings films featuring that character.

But for now, all fans can do is wait for Middle-Earth to return in other stories with Smeagol being kept in the wings until further notice.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.