The Second Age of Middle-earth finds its faces.
Variety reports Amazon has finally confirmed the cast of its upcoming The Lord of the Rings television show. Actors Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman will star in the mammoth production spearheaded by producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
“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,” the producers said in a statement.
The series will focus on the Second Age of Middle-earth, a time when Men were still founding their kingdoms and Sauron, chief lieutenant of the Dark Lord Morgoth was amassing his power in the far east of the realm. Meanwhile, the island nation of Numenor — founded by Men loyal to the greater powers in the First Age — attempted to hold back Sauron’s advance and maintain ties with the Elves still living on the shores of Middle-earth.
While we know the how these geopolitical issues turned out, there are still plenty of stories to tell within the confines of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world. It is still unclear who each of the actors will play, but Mawle will reportedly play someone loyal to Sauron if not the Lord of the Rings himself; who could take on physical form at the time.
Production is set to begin in February, but will almost immediately go into a four-to-six month hiatus to evaluate the first episode and make any necessary alterations. The series is expected to debut on Amazon in 2021.