After many months of names being reported for The Lord of the Rings series but not confirmed by Amazon Studios, the streaming studio has officially announced via the show’s Twitter the full cast for the Middle-earth prequel.
Starring in Lord of the Rings will be Robert Aramayo (The King’s Man), Owain Arthur (A Confession), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Tom Budge (The Wrong Girl), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Berlin Station), Ema Horvath (Like.Share.Follow), Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith (I Am The Night), Charlie Vickers (Medici), Tyroe Muhafidin and Sophia Nomvete.
“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,” series showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay told Variety. “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.”
A grand journey is defined by its travelers. Meet the first members of our fellowship. #LOTRonPrime. A THREAD.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) January 14, 2020
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings will be a prequel to Tolkien’s opus and take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth – a period glimpsed briefly in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring when we see the Last Alliance of Elves and Men battling the Dark Lord Sauron. The series previously tweeted out a map of Middle-earth during the Second Age, which included the old kingdom of Numenor.
Little is known of any of the characters the cast will play except for Robert Aramayo’s character possibly being named Beldor. The only confirmed character is Morfydd Clark as a young Galadriel, one of the oldest and wisest of the Elven rulers. Galadriel is so far the only official Tolkien character to appear in the series.
The Lord of the Rings has been developed by JD Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) and has J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) attached to direct the first two episodes. The show already has a second season order, and filming is set to take place this year ahead of an expected premiere in 2021.