Amazon Studios has officially set its cast for the highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings series.
In a press release sent out on Tuesday (January 14), Amazon revealed that actors Robert Aramayo (Antebellum), Owain Arthur (Babylon), Nazanin Boniadi (Bombshell), Tom Budge (Gallipoli), Morfydd Clark (Dracula), Ismael Cruz Córdovan (Mary Queen of Scots), Ema Horvath (Vicious), Markella Kavenagh (Furlough), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Tyroe Muhafidin (Two Sands), Sophia Nomvete (Vice Versa), Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith (The Maze Runner: The Death Cure), Charlie Vickers (Medici: Masters of Florence), and Daniel Weyman (The Happy Prince) have all officially joined the cast of the upcoming Lord of the Rings series.
Fans who’ve been keeping up with production news surrounding the project might recognize a few names from previously announced casting rumors. Even so, it’s great to get official confirmation with regards to the first wave of casting.
In a joint statement sent out after the cast reveal, showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, revealed that today’s huge casting news comes after carrying out “an extensive global search” to find the perfect actors for the job.
“After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted to finally reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series,” said McKay and Payne. “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.”
Behind the camera, J.A. Bayona (Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) will serve as the series’ director for the first two episodes. Bayona will also serve as an executive producer along with Belen Atienza, Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchinson, Jason Cahill, and Justin Doble.
Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series will bring Tolkien fans back to Middle-earth, and explore storylines that precede The Fellowship of the Ring.
The eight-episode first season is set to begin production in February, but there’s currently no word on when we can expect the series to premiere via Amazon Prime.