The path to Middle-earth in the Second Age wanders through Westeros, it seems.
Deadline reports actor Robert Aramayo is in talks to headline Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings television series. The part, referred to as “Beldor” in audition materials, was at one point filled by Will Poulter, who reportedly walked away due to scheduling conflicts. Aramayo will be familiar to genre fans as the face of a young Ned Stark in several episodes of Game of Thrones.
The Lord of the Rings is a massive undertaking, with two seasons of a potential five season series already in the planning. The production will return to New Zealand — where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies were shot — but take a 4-6 month hiatus after completing the pilot to rejigger any story ideas before starting the marathon filming.
Set sometime in the Second Age, the series will feature new characters facing off against the various troubles of the era and, of course, the title character — the Dark Lord Sauron. And with thousands of years to cover and at least some characters mapped out by Middle-earth author J.R.R. Tolkien, the show will always have stories to mine until the Last Alliance of Men and Elves. Actors Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Morfydd Clark are said to be part of the production, but nothing has been confirmed.
The Lord of the Rings will presumably debut on Amazon sometime in 2021.