To be fair ... The Matrix was nonsense ...
It would have made a great vignette in one of those series on the streaming services.
But 3 or was it 17 movies? Not so much.
Connery as Gandalf would have been interesting. Different at least. But, at the time, I think his health was failing him. He formally retired in 2003.
McKellon is no slouch either.
Name of the Rose, Robin and Marion, and Highlander were rousing good pictures. Man who would be King was a delight as well. His character in Untouchables was memorable as well.
If bringing your own script writer delivers the goods, more should do it.