Amazon has added 13 series regulars to its long-gestating Lord of the Rings series adaptation. Set to join the series are Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman. Character details have yet to be released.
“After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings series,” showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in a statement. “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 new regulars join previously cast Robert Aramayo and Morfydd Clark, with Clark to play a younger version of Galadriel. Bandersnatch actor Will Poulter joined the series this past September only to exit in December due to scheduling conflicts.
Lord of the Rings is set in the same Middle-Earth setting of the Oscar-winning film franchise and will take place in the period before the events of the first film The Fellowship of the Ring.
Production on the eight-episode first season of Lord of the Rings is set to begin in February, with J. A. Bayona helming the first two episodes. The series has already been renewed for a second season.