The One Ring. Lord of the Rings
The One Ring. Just slightly better than the Two Ring…

Amazon Prime announced this week the main cast for their upcoming Lord of the Rings television series is set. Though the actors was revealed, their individual roles were not. Another item confirmed is Amazon has already green-lit a second season. That tells fans they like what’s happening on this series and they’re betting fans will like it, too. Filming begins in New Zealand in February, and season one is slated for release sometime in 2021. No episode count has been revealed yet. The show’s title and plot are still a secret, though some snippets have been rumored, just enough to tease fans. Current theory says the story takes place after the events portrayed in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and close to The Lord of the Rings. That could signal some cameos from the blockbuster films, but that’s only speculation. Let’s meet the new cast.

“After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series. These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors: they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide.”

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, show-runners for the series

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Writers locked away.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, LotR show-runners for Amazon Prime
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, LotR show-runners for Amazon Prime

Lord of the Rings: Who’s-who in the new Middle Earth

First batch of casting announced for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings

Starting at the top left, here’s the Amazon cast shown in the picture above. Top row: Ema Horvath (The Gallows Act II), Tom Budge (The Pacific), Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Owain Arthur (The Palace, The Patrol) and Ismael Cruz Córdova (The Mandalorian).

Middle row: Daniel Weyman (Gentleman Jack), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland, Hotel Mumbai), Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, and Charlie Vickers (Medici).

Bottom row: Dylan Smith, Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper), Megan Richards, Robert Aramayo (young Ned Stark, GoT), and Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark, GoT)

As for roles in the show, Robert Aramayo is said to play Beldor, the main protagonist, opposite Joseph Mawle’s villain, Oren. It’s also rumored that a young Galadriel will be played by Morfydd Clark. Those are the only rumored characters at the moment.

Is this a Game of Thrones killer?

The current school of thought says this series is based on Tolkien’s writings, but not something he’s exactly written. That give a lot of creative freedom in a story-rich environment chock full of wonderful source material. The last season of Game of Thrones suffered from the lack of source material, as George R.R. Martin hadn’t finished writing the books before the HBO series caught up to him. They faced a fateful decision: Delay the final season until they had the book, or go on and make it up. Well, GoT fans still argue about how that turned out.

Sauron / Necromancer - The Lord of the Rings
The Dark Lord Sauron, from Fellowship of the Ring

Based on the theorized timeline, Sauron the Destroyer is likely lurking in the background, either as himself, or as the Necromancer from The Hobbit, though he is not the main antagonist set for this series. Tolkien wrote in plenty of potential heroes and villains throughout all the Middle Earth stories, so the show runners have a deep pool to swim in while still creating their own plot devices. With season two ordered before season one begins filming, that bodes well for another epic fantasy series we can all binge on!

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