Amazon’s trip to Middle Earth is coming.
The retail giant and streamer has already spent more than two years clearing the way for its highly anticipated Lord of the Rings live-action TV series.
Picked up in a massive $250 million global rights deal, Amazon expects the TV take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved franchise to be on the air in 2021, though a formal premiere date has not yet been determined. Season one will span eight episodes, with production starting in February 2020.
The LOTR series could wind up being the first $1 billion TV show once casting, production and VFX are completed.
Details about which roles the cast will take on are being kept under wraps; information below is provided per sources. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.
The core cast are:
Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones, The King’s Man) is replacing Will Poulter in the cast as one of the lead roles.
Owain Arthur (Kingdom)
Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart, Hotel Mumbai, How I Met Your Mother)
Tom Budge (The Pacific)
Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Ismael Cruz Cordova (The Catch, Ray Donovan)
Tyroe Muhafidin (newcomer)
Sophia Nomvete (Dexter)
Megan Richards (Wanderlust)
Dylan Smith (I Am the Night)
Charlie Vickers (Medici)
Daniel Weyman (Gentleman Jack, Treadstone)
Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) will play Oren, the central villain in the series.
Markella Kavenagh, an Australian actress whose credits include Picnic at Hanging Rock, is the female lead, playing a character named Tyra. She was the first person cast in the show.
Ema Horvath (Like.Share.Follow., Don’t Look Deeper) will be a series regular.
Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) will play a young Galadriel, the character portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s LOTR and The Hobbit features.
(Amazon officially confirmed all of the above cast members in January at TCA.)