Beloved Lord of the Rings stars celebrate new show and reunion with Ian McKellen

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11 Jul 2024, 12:21

Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Ian McKellen smiling

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Lord of the Rings duo Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan have delighted fans by revealing their new foodie show will feature a reunion between them and Sir Ian McKellen.

In Billy and Dom Eat the World, the much-loved pair - known for their roles as Merry and Pippin in Peter Jackson’s famous LotR trilogy films - will travel the globe to learn about different food cultures around the world.

Sitting down for a chat with Deadline about the new series, the pair revealed that in episode one, they visit Sir Ian in London to learn more about the British pub tradition.



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The Gandalf star owns a pub in the capital’s East End called The Grapes. Speaking about the LotR cast’s food-related reunion, Boyd explained: “It happened when we were looking at London pub culture and it just so happens Ian McKellen has a pub.

“He told us why he ended up in that part of London, and what pubs mean to Britain,” the star added, teasing some of what fans can expect from McKellen’s turn on the show. Although of course, it’s very likely the trio will also find some time to reminisce about their Middle Earth adventures along the way.

Monaghan told Deadline about how the Lord of the Rings film’s cast’s tradition of regularly going out for dinners during their months of filming in New Zealand which led him and Boyd to develop such an appreciation of “sharing plates and ideas about food” with others.

“One of our favourite ways to get to know a city is to check out a local restaurant,” Monaghan shared. Keeping on the topic of the Fellowship crew, he added: “Myself, Billy, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin go to conventions very often, and one of the things we do over these weekends is pick a restaurant, and go and eat.”

““If you ask someone to bring you something from their childhood or their country, it opens a door to conversation,” Boyd said. “We felt food is a great in to finding out about people and communities. [Show producer] Dan loved the idea and very quickly we started making it.”

In addition to London, other places where the two men will visit to learn more about food and culture in the area include the US state of Texas and the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.