And it won't be his first heavy metal album, either. The actor, known for his roles in fantasy and sci-fi films like Dracula
, Lord of the Rings
and Star Wars
, has been cutting symphonic metal albums since 2010, when he made his first: Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross
. He has also released Charlemagne: The Omens of Death
and two Christmas metal albums.
One track, "Jingle Hell," made the Billboard 100, making the now-92-year-old actor the oldest living performer to make the chart.
The new album, Metal Knight
, comprises seven tracks, including "The Impossible Dream," cribbed from the 1965 Broadway musical, The Man of La Mancha
In a statement released by Lee, the actor said the character of Don Quixote, a Spanish nobleman who has tragicomically overindulged in chivalric romances, is "the most metal fictional character that I know"—and that's saying something, considering Lee has played Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun
, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings
and Count Dooku in Star Wars
, not to mention Dracula.