Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show has locked in one of its main stars. It's come to light that Will Poulter has been tapped to play one of the lead roles in the upcoming high-profile adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved works. A great many questions remain as the series continues to gear up for production, but one of the key pieces of the puzzle has just been slid into place.
According to a new report, Will Poulter will star as one of the leads on the show. Details regarding his specific role haven't been revealed. Though, this will not be a rehash of the events of Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, nor will it be tackling events from The Hobbit, so it's highly likely Poulter will be playing a new character audiences aren't as familiar with. He joins Markella Kavenagh, who is the only other star that has been announced for the series as of yet. It's said that this was viewed as one of the top roles in Hollywood right now for young actors, so this is undoubtedly a big deal for Poulter.
While Will Poulter hasn't had much experience with long-term episodic television, he's very much been on the rise in recent years. He came on everyone's radar in the comedy We're the Millers. That led to him being one of the main stars in The Maze Runner franchise, as well nearly playing Pennywise in IT before the project changed hands, with the part ultimately going to Bill Skarsgard. More recently, he starred in the interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch for Netflix, as well as Ari Aster's Hereditary follow-up, Midsommar. Some of his other credits include The Revenant, Detroit and War Machine.
While little is known when it comes to specifics, the show will take place in the so-called Second Age of Tolkien's universe. The creative team consists of JD Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4) who serve as showrunners. A prestigious group of producers has boarded the project as well, including Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).
Amazon's massive deal for the series was first announced in November 2017 and they've taken the time to try and get things right. J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes. Amazon has a multi-season commitment in place for the show and, when all is said and done, it's estimated the show may cost the company as much as $1 billion, making it quite possibly the most expensive show ever produced. They're betting this is going to be big. No release date for the Lord of the Rings show has been set. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.