Amazon's 'Lord Of The Rings' Cast Officially Announced

Carla Harmon
January 15, 2020

Inc unveiled the first cast of actors for its highly anticipated "The Lord of the Rings" streaming television series on January 14, including two "Game of Thrones" veterans, and said production would begin in New Zealand next month. During today's TCA events, Amazon shared that Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman have joined the series as well. Production will start in February. The books, starting with "The Hobbit", all take place in the Third Age.

Also behind the scenes, J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) has signed on to direct several episodes. Deadline first reported that Aramayo will replace Will Poulter in the Lord of the Rings TV series' leading role, Beldor.

Newcomer Morfydd Clark will also feature in the series as young Galadriel, a part previously portrayed by two-time Oscar victor Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Also established as executive producers are Bayona, Belén Atienza, Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison, Jason Cahill and Justin Doble. Production on the Lord of the Rings series will begin next month and that the cast will largely consists of unknown actors.

With J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay serving as showrunners, the small-screen adaptation will "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring".

We'd seen reports about four of the actors - Aramayo, Horvath, Kavenagh, and Mawle - joining the cast of The Lord of the Rings, but Amazon hadn't confirmed their casting until now.

"We are honoured to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line [Cinema] on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth". A Middle-earth map, released by Amazon in March, showed the lost island of Númenor, which suggests it will have some role to play in the show.

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