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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series adds 20 actors to cast

The brotherhood of Amazon Studios’ « Lord of the Rings » series has grown to a whopping twenty actors, Variety has reported.

Among the new additions are seven natives of New Zealand, where the series will be filmed: Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant and Leon Wadham. In other parts of the world, Amazon has recruited Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangobani.

The Amazon Studios ensemble already features a host of other actors, including Game of Thrones alumni Robert Aramayo and Joseph Mawle, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Sophia Nomvete and Daniel Weyman.

Despite the presumed working title, The Lord of the Rings appears to be about JRR Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth, not a new adaptation of his classic trilogy. As detailed in his posthumous work The Silmarillion, the Rings of Power were created in the Second Age, when Sauron was more than a disembodied magical eye and Aragorn’s ancestors came to power. Sauron’s defeat at the hands of Isildur, shown in the movies’ opening flashback, brought the end of the Second Age.

No details have emerged on which characters this true crowd of actors will play at this point, but the series has the potential to span long periods of time and deal with a host of cultures from Tolkien’s world. The casting follows in the footsteps of Amazon’s other epic fantasy series in production, The Wheel of Time, which also recruited relatively unknown or upcoming actors.

Executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay told Variety: « These extraordinary talented artists, drawn from around the world, represent the culmination of a multi-year quest to find brilliant and unique artists who will bring that world to life again. » The international cast of « The Lord of the Rings » series is more than just an ensemble. It is a family. We are delighted to welcome each of them to Middle Earth. « 

First announced in 2017, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will be directed at least in part by JA Bayona, with Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) on board as consulting producer, and with the cooperation of Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins and New Line. Cinema. Production was underway before the pandemic and resumed in September, with the series originally slated to arrive in 2021.