The cast continues to grow for Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show. Robert Aramayo, best known for his role as Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, has been added in a lead role on the upcoming fantasy series. Amazon landed the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved work in 2017 and has been working on putting a series together ever since. Things are finally coming together and the ensemble that will lead the way is starting to take shape.
According to several reports, Robert Aramayo will play a leading role, but the specifics of his part haven't been revealed. Originally, the part had gone to Will Poulter but the actor eventually departed the series. That paved the way for Aramayo to once again step into the big-budget world of swords and sorcery. Other confirmed cast members include Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Maxim Baldry. Morfydd Clark is also on board to play a young Galadriel, who was previously played by Cate Blanchett in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
Robert Aramayo has a couple of other major projects on deck for 2020, including the mystery horror flick Antabellum, as well as the Kingsman prequel, The King's Man. Some of his other credits include the Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animals, Netflix's Mindhunter and The Standoff at Sparrow Creek. This continues a hot streak for the 27-year-old British actor. Details regarding the plot of the show remain under wraps. It will, however, explore new stories and is set to take place during what is known as the Second Age, which is before the events of the main Lord of the Rings books/movies. The Second Age concludes with the fall of Sauron, meaning it's highly probable we will see Sauron at the height of his powers during the events of the show.
Amazon has a great deal of faith in the project. They've already handed out a season 2 renewal for the series. The deal with the Tolkien estate extends for multiple seasons and possible spin-offs. Amazon is also investing a great deal of money into Middle Earth. It's expected, when all is said and done, that this will be one of the most expensive shows ever produced. Some estimates put it in the $1 billion range, when taking everything into account. That means they are banking on this becoming a huge hit.
Writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay are heading up the series, creatively. J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes. It's expected that filming will begin sometime this year, though no production timeline has been revealed. Amazon also doesn't have a premiere date set, but we could see it debut in late 2020, if all goes well. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.