It looks like scheduling conflicts will prevent Will Poulter from taking a trip to Middle-earth, as Deadline is reporting that the British actor has been forced to drop out of Amazon’s hotly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings series.
Poulter – whose credits include the likes of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, We’re the Millers, The Revenant and Midsommar – entered negotiations for a role in the series back in September. However, with the recent season two renewal leading to a production hiatus of four to five months, Poulter is no longer able to commit to the fantasy series.
Details on The Lord of the Rings are being kept tightly under wraps, but the series will take place in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of year’s before Tolkien’s epic fantasy book.
Amazon is yet to officially confirm the cast, although a number of actors have been revealed including Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Ema Horvath (Like.Share.Follow.) and Maxim Baldry (Years and Years). J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is set to direct the first two episodes, and the show is expected to premiere on Amazon at some point in 2021.