Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series has cast Game of Thrones actor Robert Aramayo to replace Will Poulter.
With the massive success of Game of Thrones, fantasy adaptations have become all the rage for TV producers and writers. HBO followed up Game of Thrones with an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, Netflix adapted The Witcher based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series, and Showtime recently won the rights to produce a Gormenghast series, with iconic Sandman author Neil Gaiman set to produce.
Amazon, too, is looking to throw its hat in the fantasy adaptation ring, trotting out not one but two major fantasy adaptations over the next few years — Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and an adaptation set in the world J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
Though we haven’t had many updates about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, casting reports have recently been leaking, though all remain unconfirmed by the streamer.
According to a recent report from Deadline, Amazon’s series has reportedly cast Game of Thrones alum Robert Aramayo to fill in the role recently vacated by fellow Brit Will Poulter.
Will Poulter had been in negotiations for a young hero role, referred to as Beldor, but had to exit recently due to scheduling conflicts.
Robert Aramayo is no stranger to the fantasy genre, as he played Young Ned Stark on seasons 6 and 7 of Game of Thrones. Aramayo has also had roles on Discovery’s Harley and the Davidsons, along with the films Nocturnal Animals and Eternal Beauty. He’ll co-star in the upcoming Netflix miniseries Behind the Eyes and can be seen in the upcoming feature films Antebellum, The Empty Man and The King’s Man.
Though we don’t know too many details, we do know that the upcoming Lord of the Rings series will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The show’s cast is rumored to include Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Morfydd Clark.
Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be joined by a writers room that includes Gennifer Hutchison, Jason Cahill and Justin Doble.